Town News

Cassie Oakes

Congratulations to ALL the graduating seniors from the area.  I am hoping that folks will be sharing more information with me about their seniors, and their seniors’ achievements and celebrations.   

The Alexander-Crawford Scholarship was awarded this past weekend to two well deserving young ladies.  At WHS Josie Wallace received the award.  Josie is the daughter of Joey and B.J. Wallace of Alexander.  The CHS recipient was Carly Davis, the daughter of Jimmy and Karen Davis also of Alexander.

Criteria for the scholarship are that the student must reside in Alexander or Crawford and have filled out the application (and turned in all required information in a timely matter).  The committee choosing looks not only at grades but weighs heavily community involvement. 

These two ladies not only did well academically but were both very active in their schools extra curricular activities and in local community activities.  Congratulations to Josie and Carly.

I do have a bit of WHS Graduation information, thanks to Elizabeth McVicar.  Did you know that former AES students and graduating Woodland High School Seniors were Class Officers?  Josie Wallace (daughter of Joey and B.J. Wallace of Alexander) was Vice President and Kayla Pyles (daughter of David and Michelle McVicar of Cooper) was Treasurer.  Josie and Kayla along with Nicole Hanson (daughter of Joe and Angela Hanson of Alexander) were all also on National Honor Society.  That isn’t it for former AES students.  Ingrid Subialdea (daughter of Rosa and Gary Subialdea of Alexander) and Josie were also on Student Council.

During Graduation Ceremonies Josie Wallace gave the 1st Honor Essay (she finished 3rd in her class) and that all the other AES students (Nicole, Kayla and Ingrid) finished in the top ten of their class.

During graduation they were also honored with many scholarships.  Nicole Hanson received the Early College for Me Scholarship, Princeton Congregational Scholarship, Patsy Hanson Scholarship, Princeton/Woodland Foodmart Scholarship, Woodland High School Scholarship, Karen Martin Church and Glenn Martin Memorial Scholarship and the Maxine Hood Scholarship.  Josie Wallace received the Ladies Sodality of St. James Most Improved English Award, Anna, Jennifer, Danny Armstrong Memorial Scholarship, Woodland High School Scholarship, WT Wren Post #23, Princeton/Woodland Foodmart Scholarship, Jean Spearin Memorial Scholarship and the George J. Mitchell Scholarship.  Kayla Pyles took home the Calais Lioness Scholarship, Karen Martin Church and Glenn Martin Memorial Scholarship, Princeton/Woodland Foodmart Scholarship, WT Wren Post #23 Auxiliary Scholarship.  Ingrid Subialdea received the University of Maine Presidential Award Scholarship.  Congratulations to the girls’ for their high achievements!

The Alexander Grange met on Wednesday, June 3rd for a regular meeting.  Dale Holst filled the Master’s Chair for the evening and did a great job. Regular business was taken care of and a cleaning day was scheduled for June 13th to start at 9:00 a.m.  You don’t have to be a Granger to help so if you feel free to come join the fun.  Window washing and scrubbing are on the agenda.  Lecturer Elizabeth McVicar did a wonderful program all about the Dandelion, facts, tidbits of information and poems.  Great discussion on the fact that years ago Dandelions were not considered weeds at all and that all parts of the plant have been used to food and medicinal purposes.  All in attendance are looking forward to seeing what we can do with this plant and are looking forward to Tracy and Pike Seavey bringing some to eat next time, Debbie Hanson promises to bring some salve she is making with the flowers and perhaps we will get a chance to try her Dandelion Jelly soon too.

A little birdie wanted to make sure that a big thank you goes out to Larry Hill for doing some cleanup at the Alexander School.  He has pulled old bushes away from the building and took four big loads of limbs that had been removed from the pine trees off the school property.  Larry also fixed the backstop, so the AES students will be able to put it to good use.  Also a big thank you to Skip Colson for the use of his trailer to make cleanup easy.  It is much appreciated from the students, staff and community members.  We are a community and the community is a vital part in to all we do!

The lower grades (Pre-K thru 3) went on a Field Trip to the Discovery Museum in Bangor.  The kids got to try their hand at all kinds of things, the favorites included the tree house/eagles nest and the ship along with the human body room.  On the ride home you would have thought that they would have all been tired and napped, but no!  After ice cream quite a few of the children and chaperones decided to entertain themselves with song.  Chaperones for the day included, Jolleen Podschlne, Melanie Howard and Rhonda Oakes, thank you ladies for helping out!

Since we are talking about AES, let’s continue with their recent Friday Announcements

The AES Science Fair was a huge success.  The student’s work was outstanding and thank you to all that attended to encourage and support them.

During the Science Fair winners of the Book Fair Backpacks were drawn: Pre-K-1 it was Jemah Leighton, Grades 2-3 winner was Maygin Steadman, for Grades 4-6 it was Alex Richard and grades 7-8, the winner was Danielle Poole.  Winner of the Goldfish Guess was Gavin Berry.  There were 1540 and Gavin was the closest with 1500.  Congratulations to you all.

AES are still selling tickets on the two passes to Wild Acadia Fun Park and Water Slides on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. 

June 18th is the last student day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:15.

The 8th Grade Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 6:00.

The Alexander for a Cure Relay for life team will be hosting a Bazaar on June 13th.  They will be renting 8 foot tables for $10.00 or 12 foot tables for $15.00.  Contact B.J. Wallace at 454-7255, Emma Hill, or Brenda McDonough at 454-2623 for more information.  

Don’t forget to check out the AES website at for updates and menus.

Good thoughts are being sent out to the following folks, Fred Wallace, Madeline Perkins, Lynn and George Hill, Rhoda Leavitt, Dennis Perkins, Mathew Sullivan, Mary Wallace, Michelle Gallant, John Harvey, Chris Landry, Elwin Daley and Joline Thornton. 

Birthday wishes this upcoming week go out to Amethyst Newman, Viola Dwelley, Marjorie Wallace, Pat Cormier, Kaylee Wallace, Donna Wade, David McLaughlin, Mary Landry, Sherry Parks, Sam Perkins, Chelsea Owen and John Dudley.

Anniversary wishes this upcoming week go out to Charissa and Anthony Myers.  

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Donna Tracy.

I want to thank everyone that has supported me in my efforts for the Relay for Life Team “Alexander 4-a- Cure.  Donations are coming in nicely.  There is still time to get me your donation.  

I had great week at FBC and it ended perfectly when on Friday morning, my Beckett Center friends and I packed up the vans and headed to the Special Olympics.  It all started at the Bangor-Brewer Lanes for a bowling tournament.  Next we drove to the University of Maine in Orono and checked into our dorm rooms. I stayed in Gannett Hall with a staff member and the rest of the group stayed at Androscoggin. This trip was very special to me, because I got to go without mom for the first time.  We took part in the parade and watched the Opening Ceremonies.  Saturday, we got up bright and early and had a scrumptious breakfast, and then headed to our Special Olympics events.  Yours truly participated in Wheelchair Racing and Softball Throw. My mom, nephew Carlos and family friends, Sharon and Gerald Cooper came to watch me.  I received two second place medals in racing and a sixth place medals for my efforts in the softball throw!  After the events we all went back to our dorms and got ready for supper and the dance, which was disco-themed.  The dance was super-fun and a live band named Shoe Fly played and sang rocking songs.  I had a blast dancing with new and old friends.  Sunday some of the Beckett Center crew still had events to do, so I along with my friends cheered them on.  Then we all packed our luggage and headed back to our homes.  This was a fun trip and I hope to go again next year. 


If you have news for the column you can get them to me by email at, contact me on my facebook page, by phone at 454-2344 (if I’m not home please leave a message), or dropping off a note at Randy’s Variety for me and Dad will make sure I get them.  You can also leave news for me at AES.  1328 Airline Road, Alexander, Maine 04694.  Until next time, stay safe.