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Cassie Oakes


Marie and John Dudley had lunch on Friday with Frank Murray.  Many Alexander residents will remember Francis Owen Murray as a teacher in the Big Room at the two-room school at the corner of the Arm and Cooper roads from September 1966 until June 1969.  Frank and John were single young teachers in 1966-67 and spent many evenings discussing and solving the world’s problems.  They also had their eyes on the pretty girls.  

Frank had grown up in Bangor and went to college at St. Mary’s in Halifax.  Frank left Alexander and moved to Nova Scotia where he taught, and he and his bride, the former Nancy Sweeney of Milltown, N.B., raised a son Brian.  Frank was caregiver for Nancy before her death in 2015 and Frank has lived in St. Stephen since.  He is buying a house near where Brian lives in Nova Scotia and will move there next month.

Frank remembers his years in Alexander and his students fondly.  He asks about many families and enjoys looking at the Alexander web-site, especially the pages on education.  He wonders why we don’t have the 1967-68 pictures and regrets now that he, the teacher, did not have his pictures taken.  And he wished that he, as a new teacher, had been a better teacher.  How many of you remember Mr. Murray and his fancy foreign sports car?

Maine Maritime inducted several former students into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 15th.  Included in the group for volleyball was Katie Clapham, class of 2006.  Katie grew up in Crawford and attended Alexander Elementary School and Calais High School.  You may remember her better as Katie Smith, the daughter of Jayne Brewer.  Congratulations, Katie, on this honor.

Congratulations are in order for Chris Wallace and Chelsie Hawkins on their recent engagement.  Chris grew up in Crawford and is the son of Randy and Susan Wallace, the grandson of Lynn and Margie Wallace and Jolene and the late Luther Thornton.  Chelsie hails from Wesley.  Please join me in sending this young couple best wishes on their engagement.

The Alexander Grange supplied concessions for the Ham Radio Operator’s Hamfest held at AES on Saturday, September 16th.  They served delicious egg muffin sandwiches and assorted sweets early in the morning. For lunch  they had homemade fish chowder and chili along with hot dogs with fried onions and chips.  There was free coffee and an assortment of cold beverages available.  The Grangers outdid themselves as usual.  On hand to work that day were Elizabeth McVicar, Ashleigh Pyles, Rhonda Oakes and Dale Holst.  They would like to thank everyone who provided the food and thank those that partook of their food.  They are already taking notes and looking forward to next year!

Don’t forget there will be a free Cribbage Night at the Alexander Grange Hall on September 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m.  There will be no charge. Snacks will be pot luck so bring something to share, and if you have an extra cribbage board or a deck of cards, bring them along also. For more information about the cribbage night please contact Lenny at 454-8733.  Lenny is hoping for a good turn out and hoping to be able to make this a regular event.

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Connor Ireland.  Connor may have grown up in Baileyville, but he spent his last few years living in Crawford with his mom Stephanie and step-dad John Seavey.  His grandmother Roxy Whitaker and grandfather Pike Seavey reside in Alexander.  There are many more family members and lots and lots of friends missing this young man.  I personally remember Connor as a little boy in Sunday School, full of energy and laughter.  He will be missed.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Judy Lincoln Murray, Charlie White, Elwin Daley, Linda Richardson, Lynn Hill, Trudy Poole, David Carson, Avis McIntyre, Carl Perkins, Joan Dodge, Lois Faloon, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, and Ron McArthur.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Gabe Hunnewell, Marty Richard, Larry Lord, Ed Powers, Robbie Smith, Jennifer Archer, Aleigh Knowles, Clayton Blake, Patrick Eliason, Jayne Brewer and Susan Giles. 

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go to Merle and Cherry Knowles.  

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Susan Wallace.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out. Randy’s Variety has now tagged 13 bears this hunting season.

The highlight of my week took place on Thursday at FBC when we had our Summer Bash.  It was definitely a party with friends from outside the program attending as other programs joined us.  While there we danced, had pizza and ice cream sundaes and reconnected with friends.  Thursday evening I attended Kid’s Club at the Keys to Life Church in Calais where they put on a new themed skit with a crazy scientist.  I highly recommend this program to anyone who enjoys laughter, music, snacks and crafts.

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!  Thank you to all of those who support me and this column. Until next time, stay safe.