Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Still hoping that those folks that have been to Florida, Texas, and on short local trips during this past spring break will contact me with some of the highlights of their excursions.  These highlights will be shared with my readers and generations that come after us looking at how we lived in 2018.  

I am also looking to update my birthday and anniversary lists if you would like to share your special days with me. My contact information is at the end of this column.

The latest mapping update came as an email posted March 23 to John Dudley. The message said that the UMM-GIS plan is to digitize the property map this summer.  The GIS crew will start on June 4th, so they will need to work faster but just as carefully.  On Wednesday and Saturday John finished up the Gore lots on Sheet 8.  The accuracy of some of this work won’t be known until the digital maps are redone.  He also typed notes for Sheet 8.  His penmanship is pretty poor!

On Wednesday morning David Davis and John unsuccessfully searched deeds and on the ground for corner posts or stakes on map 68 concerning four lots along the Cooper Road.

On Thursday John received a nice note from Alexander’s previous Town Clerk, Dedi Greenlaw, who keeps up on Alexander news via my column.  She thanked John for stepping up on this long-time problem and asked him to pass on her thanks to members of the map team.

Alexander Grange met on April 19th for a regular meeting. It was voted to accept new members Jim and Dolly Sullivan.  First and second degree work will take place on May 2nd.  Third and fourth will be done on June 6th. During the meeting the charter was draped in memory of Doris ‘Dottie” Pepin.  A free family movie night is being held on May 19th.  For more information contact Lenny Hanson or Dale Holst.  The Grange Outdoor Committee will sponsor a free hunter’s safety class on June 23rd.  For more information contact Lenny Hanson. A moment of silence was held for Barbara Bush during the meeting.  As always, the meeting concluded with a time of fellowship and refreshments.

The Alexander Grange will be hosting an open house for National Grange Month.  The open house is to honor our hometown heroes on Wednesday, April 25th, beginning at 6 p.m.  The event will include the Summit Project and will honor five local heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. There will be a display, a ceremony, a time to chat and refreshments.  The Gold Star families have been invited to attend.  The members of the Alexander Grange are hoping folks from Alexander and surrounding areas will attend.

Graduating seniors from Alexander and Crawford, it is now time to get those Alexander/Crawford scholarship applications.  All applications need to be turned in by May 1st.  If necessary, you can leave them at the store for Rhonda Oakes or Susan Wallace to retrieve.

There is going to be a roast pork supper with all the fixings on Thursday, May 3rd, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church in Baileyville.  Always a great supper and great fellowship.  Don’t forget that take-outs are available and you can call ahead the day of the supper at 427-3923.

Mark your calendars, there is going to be a Matt Linton Concert taking place on May 25th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church in Baileyville.  For more information contact John Gallant at 214-5015.  This is always a fun time and I hope I can attend!

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Fern Garner, Wendy Maxwell, Joanna Korasadowicz, Gabby Bailey, Briana Donovan, Kathy Hunnewell, Mark Knowles, Maya Mann, Suzette Moholland and Phil McVicar.

I would like to send a special upcoming birthday on May 2 to my cousin Beth Crosby who lives in Wisconsin. Love you, miss you and hope you have a great day!

I would like to send a very special upcoming happy 1st birthday wish on May 3 to Cai Austin, son of Stephanie and Matt Austin of Alexander. Cai shares a birthday with his grandfather, Perry Austin, who many will remember as he used to live in Alexander.

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

Special thoughts are being sent out to Genie Daley and Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Danny Taylor, Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, Avis McIntyre, Ralph Flood, Crash Burgess and Rhonda Oakes. Please do not forget about those caretakers who so selflessly take care of their loved ones.

Mom and I received a very special phone call from Avis McIntyre with an update on her health.  She recently spent over a week in the Calais Hospital fighting a nasty infection.  She is home now and hoping for a full recovery.  Lucky for her she has two wonderful daughters, Nancy McIntyre and Janet Johnson, to look after her.  Avis would like to thank everyone for the cards, prayers and kind thoughts.  Stay strong Avis, we are thinking of you.  

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Val Roussel.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s Variety and check it out.

This week has been a busy one at FBC. I listened and exercised to music on the computer, played Bingo and had a supper and movie night.  We watched “The Greatest Show on Earth”, with popcorn and peanut butter cups.  The movie was very good and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good musical. We have begun practicing for the Special Olympic Summer Games.  Friday’s lunch was BLTs and they were delicious!  Home front has been busy as well. I got my physical for camp completed and I am ready to start the countdown. Pine Tree Camp is in July and Camp Capella in August.  Mom is working hard on her exercises and has started to walk with a cane a little bit.  She even hobbles over to the store.  We are again so thankful for those who have been helping us out while Mom is unable to do her normal routine.  Stephanie Austin comes every day to help get our day started.  Lots of folks have been bringing us delicious meals; Dad said we’d be eating PB&J and frozen pizza if it was up to him. Friends have been giving Mom rides to her appointments since it is going to be awhile until she can drive.  Yes, life is very busy for the Oakes Clan.

If you have anything you would like me to share in this column, celebrations, bragging rights or 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.