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Cassie Oakes


Congratulations to Grace Howard of Alexander who recently attended the 2017 Miss Penobscot Valley Pageant and came home with the title Penobscot Valley Princess.  For Veteran’s Day the newly crowned Princess made the rounds to several Veterans’ Day celebrations and made an appearance at the Alexander Town Hall on Election Day.  Grace is the daughter of Travis and Melanie Howard.  Way to Go Gracie!

Kyle Richard Calais High School Freshman was named to the DAC (Downeast Athletic Conference) Cross Country Team.  Kyle is the son of Marty and Julie Richard here in Alexander.  Good Job Kyle!

I got a lovely message from Sandy Lyon, of Cooper who wanted me to let everyone know she has Lymphoma.  So many folks ask about her she thought that this might be the way to catch folks up on what is going on.  Sandy is travelling to Cancer Care in Brewer for chemotherapy.  Sandy is finally going to be able to take the trip to Bangor once every three weeks and will continue until sometime in January, but for now her immune system is compromised and she is not going out in public. Fatigue and nausea the most common side effects for Sandy and she has lost all of her hair and is wearing a wig.  She is staying positive and hanging in.  Sandy’s husband Denny and family have been amazing, helping her out in all kinds of ways. Sandy has been on leave from her work family since early September while she attends treatment. Sandy’s church Meddybemps Christian Association and co-workers are planning a benefit for her on Saturday November 19th at the Meddybemps Community Center at 6:00 p.m. The event will be a Coffee House with finger foods, sandwiches and sweets and with people volunteering for a talent show.  People can call Sandy’s sister, Marcia Wheelock with questions at 214-9553.  Sandy is Arlene and Ralph Flood’s daughter and AES Principal, Trevor Flood’s aunt. Sandy sure hope you feel better soon!

Jessica McCook, of Alexander had to go to Fort Drum in New York recently for her annual training for the year.  Jessica stayed in field and conducted training that they as Military Police should know how to do, such as searching buildings, force protection, among other things.  Jessica reports that the weather in New York was not that bad, but cold and rainy most of the time they were living in the field.  If you see Jessica, please join me in thanking her for her service to our country.

The Alexander Grange met on November 2 for a regular meeting and the conferring of the 1st and 2nd Degree.  The evening began with a delicious pot luck supper and a scrumptious individual pumpkin pie. Degrees were given to Brenda McPhail,
Judy Lincoln Murray and Dottie Pepin.  After the degree work there was a business meeting with updates on the upcoming community Christmas party and the Pomona December meeting.  Plans were made for the 3rd and 4th Degree to be given on the next Grange meeting scheduled for November 16th.

The old Grange Hall was hopping this week when they held their last Harvest Lunch for the season on Veterans’ Day, November 11th.  There was a delicious buffet of crock pots (soups, stews, casseroles galore) rolls, an assortment of beverages and gingerbread and pumpkin spice cake for dessert.  And since it was Veterans’ Day, Veterans ate free.  Thank you to all those that set up, cleaned up, cooked and worked during the meal.  Thank you all that came and ate!  The Grange Hall was full of laughter and conversation as neighbors, family and friends gathered.  

Don’t forget there is a free family movie night at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville on November 18th. The doors open at 5:45 and the movie begins at 6 p.m.  The movie featured will be “Finding Dory.”  Popcorn and a beverage will be provided as well.

More on the 2016 Community Christmas Party, first the date, December 3rd and the place, Alexander Elementary, so mark your calendars!  This party is free to the Alexander/Crawford/Cooper communities thanks to the generous donations of local businesses and organizations, and the money has started to come in.  If you would like to make a donation contact Rhonda Oakes (1328 Airline Road/Alexander, ME  04694).  Planning is fast and furious right now.  Santa has been confirmed, Mrs. Claus is coming, gifts for the kiddos.  If you have any questions please contact any Alexander Grange member or FoG member, Rhonda Oakes, Susan Wallace, Diane McAlpine, Ellie Sanford, Elizabeth McVicar, Debbie Hanson, Emma Hill or Beverly Holst

Good thoughts are being sent out Sandy Lyon, Elwin Daley, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, Lenny Frost, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Linda Richardson, Carolyn Chrietien, Randy Chrietien, Joan Dodge, Vance Webber, Harry Smith, Dottie Johnson, Dawn Winchester, Karen Moraisey, Lawrence Lord, Roger Look, and Diane Richendollar.   Who is missing from this list, please let me know.  My contact information is at the end of the column.  And we mustn’t forget those caretakers who so lovingly take care of those they love.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Jayda Pressley, Erica Jo Knowles, Janet Niles, Peter Hunnewell, Lenny Hanson II, Ernie Hugli, Wayne Ingersoll, David Carson, Lexus Renaud, Donna Harvey, Travis Wallace, Bob Moraisey, Sandra Smith, Keitha Smith, Lana Vining, Heather McCray, Roxy Whitaker, Ashley McLaughlin, Josh Bouchard and Yvonne Corbett.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Charlie and Marguerite White and Dana and David Porter.  I wish both couples many more years of wedded bliss!

Lucky loser this week at Randy’s Variety is Billy Lawless.  If you want to know how to become the Lucky Loser, stop by Randy’s and ask for the details.

This week I was finally able to return to the Beckett Center.  While there I participated in various activities, such as basketball skill drills at WCCC, UNO card games and Bingo, this isn’t to say I wasn’t tired every day but I am definitely feeling better.  I just went off of my antibiotic so let’s hope it stays that way.  Since Friday was Veterans’ Day Dad and I went to the Harvest Lunch at the Alexander Grange. I had a delicious meal, consisting of some of my favorites, coleslaw, cowboy beans, chop suey, meatballs and chicken and vegetables, I wasn’t brave enough to try the bear chili.  I followed it up by having delicious pumpkin spice cake.  Saturday Mom and I attended the holiday happenings at People’s United Methodist Church.  It seemed to be a perfect storm, it seemed that every thing that could possible happen, happened that day.   There was no hot water so water was heated on the stove while we waited for the furnace man to come and put on a new pump, the lock on the bathroom door was broken and we had to put up a please knock sign, the elevator lift stopped, but thankfully it worked again or I may still be there, the dishwasher was on the fritz so mom hand washed, the kitchen kept setting off the smoke detector.  There was nothing else we could do but laugh and make the best of the chaos.  And in reality it was a fun day.  Yummy baked goods, fudge, sandwiches and soup for lunch kept me happy.  If you have any news for the column, family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, bragging rights, upcoming events or meetings please let me know.  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!  Thank you to all of those who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.