Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Spring Youth Turkey Hunting Day took place on Saturday, April 28th.  Newman’s Guide Services took several local youths hunting free of charge.  Included in the group were Grady Flynn, the son of Stephanie and Matt Austin of Alexander and the children of Trevor and Naomi Leighton, Maygin and Sheayn, who formerly lived in Alexander.  Thank you to Newman’s Guide Service (Zach Newman) for taking an interest in our youth and teaching and showing them the joy and right way to hunt.

Kathy Goodine was recently named 2018 CSC Childhood Immunization Champion for the State of Maine.  Kathy works for the St. Croix Regional Health Center in Princeton, Maine and resides in Alexander with her husband David.  Congratulations Kathy!

Maps show up in the strangest places. On Saturday, April 21st, Marie and John Dudley attended a conference entitled “Working for a Healthy Climate, Economy and Way of Life” at UMM. Sandy Wolczyk, District Forester, warned that climate change might bring more insects to harm forests and people and that while winters might be shorter, mud season could be longer.  Ellen Holstert, President of DCC, discussed how climate change would affect tourism and recreation by locals.

Tora Johnson, UMM GIS Associate Professor and Dwayne Shaw, Director of Downeast Salmon Federation, brought climate change home to Machias.  Tora showed a GIS map of Machias with buildings marked in red that would be flooded by one of those northeast storms arriving at a super high tide.  Dwayne spoke on the planned replacement of the culverts under the dike and how the present system keeps fish from migrating up the Middle River.  If the alewives come at the right time, maybe they could swim over the dike!  GIS mapping helps in planning for our future.

On Saturday evening Marie and John went to the benefit supper for Ralph Flood at AES giving support for family and community.  It was great to see the community come out and support this event.

On Tuesday, April 24th, John and David Chase went to an exhibit at the Osher Map Library in Portland.  An artist-astronomer in the 1870s studied the “Cosmos” made sketches, then etchings of maps of the Heavens.  Trourelot then painted the maps.  Charles Scribner and Son published and copyrighted these in 1881.  How easy it is for us to correct a map of 36 square miles compared to what that man did mapping the universe!

Marie and John arrived home from Portland on Wednesday the 25th just in time to celebrate Hometown Heroes at the Grange, an interesting program that included two with strong Alexander connections.

On Friday morning John Knowles and John Dudley spent three hours in the training room searching deeds for Sheet 6, especially Map 58.  Some deeds were missing and they need to get some GPS readings.

The Breakneck Mountain Sno Riders had their last meeting of the season.  Their next meeting will be on December 5th at 6:30 p.m. at which time there will be an election of officers.  Remember that the club trails don’t just happen.  They need leadership, work and cost money.  If you ride, please support your club.  The first meeting of the Breakneck Mountain ATV Club will be on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. 

If your club, organization or committee has information you would like shared with the public, please contact me, my info is at the bottom of the column.

On Sunday, April 22nd the new flag pole donated to the Alexander Grange by Dolly and Jim Sullivan was erected by Jim Sullivan, Lenny Hanson and Dale Holst.  Ground work around the pole will be done at a later date.  Thank you Jim and Dolly for this wonderful gift.

On Wednesday, April 25th approximately 25 folks attended the Alexander Grange as they opened their doors at 6 p.m. for their annual open house.  It was a chance to meet Grange members and check out the building.  At 6:30 p.m. the Grange members, under the leadership of Assistant Steward Lenny Hanson, held a Hometown Heroes Celebration.  The  ceremony included the Washington County Veterans Honor Guard, Ch. (Maj) David Sivret, retired, SFC Tom Riese, SA Tim Tiese, SA Richard Meally and SGT Victor Vorsien.  The Invocation and Benediction for the evening were given by Chaplain David Sivret.  On display were several honor stones of local heroes.  Lenny Hanson gave an overview and history of each stone.  The stones belonged to Cpt. Christopher Sullivan, SSgt. Brandon Silk, Sgt. Blair Emery, Sgt. Joel House and Spc. Dustin Harris.  Also in attendance during the evening were Gold Star Families Dolly and Jim Sullivan and Deanne and Paul House.  The evening ended in conversation and refreshments.

Welcome home from a winter down South to Ed and Janet Perkins, Deb and Neil Rodgers and Lawrence Lord.  Who else has arrived back to their home base here in Maine?

There has been a change to the Alexander Grange schedule starting with the Degree work schedule.  Instead of May 2nd and June 6th the Degree work will be on June 6th for first and second Degrees and June 20th for the third and fourth Degrees.  And don’t forget that Alexander will host the Washington County Pomona Grange Meeting and Supper on June 5th.  

I hope you marked your calendar for the roast pork supper that will be taking place on Thursday, May 3rd, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church in Baileyville.  Always a great supper and great fellowship.  Take-outs are available and you can call ahead the day of the supper at 427-3923.

Matt Linton will be returning to Baileyville for a concert on May 25th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Peoples United Methodist Church.  For more information contact John Gallant at 214-5015.  Matt Linton always puts on a hand clapping, toe tapping good time!

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Kathy Goodine, Cai Austin, Evan Brown, Terry Lord, Lisa Clark Hinman, Shawna McDonough, Barbara Haley, Courtney Ayers, Larry Hill, Mary Beth Newman, Beth Howland, Ron McAlpine, Vicki McVicar, Ryan Howell, Janet Perkins, Cheryl Poole, my best friend Krystal Smith and Chip Howell.

A very special birthday wish is going out to a very special lady Lynn Fickett Hill who will be turning 91 on May 14th.  If you would like to send her a card her address is PO Box 182, Baileyville, ME.

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

Special thoughts are being sent out to the family of Beverly Crosby, Genie Daley and Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Danny Taylor, Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, Avis McIntyre, Crash Burgess and Rhonda Oakes. 

Here is an update from Elwin Daley on his wife Genie, who has now been at EMMC for well over a week. “If you would like to talk to Genie, the phone number is 973-7000, or send her a card at EMMC room 691.  She would love to hear from home.”

I would like to send condolences to Esther Tozier and Kim Randall of Crawford and their families on the passing of their sister Gail Johnson.

I would also like to send condolences to the family of Ralph Flood on his recent passing.  Ralph has very strong connections to the town of Alexander even though Cooper was his home. He was well known and well liked and will be missed by many.

Deepest sympathy to Alexander resident and family friend Erica Pike and her entire family on the passing of her grandfather Clarence Murphy.

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

Randy’s Variety has begun their spring hours staying open until 8 p.m. daily.  

This week with FBC the weather was finally better and we were able to go for walks, even if I did get stuck. We have a great crew that helped me get going again. I practiced for Special Olympic Spring Games that will take place in Machias this coming week. I went out to eat at Linda’s Pizza in Baileyville and also enjoyed Subway.  Mom is healing up nicely and moving better and better every day, enough now that she can walk over to the store and visit for a few minutes at a time.  

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. See school article on page 26.