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Cassie Oakes


Thank you again to all of my contributors to this week’s column.

John and Marie Dudley, of Alexander, recently attended the Artisans Affair at the Alexander Grange Hall on Saturday, August 5th.  They enjoyed seeing the visual artists Rosa, Greg, Crystal and Pat.  They visited with neighbors, had a gourmet lunch and heard a good ghost story.  Len Hanson, of Crawford, and John shared knowledge about the White Bird, the French plane thought to have crashed near here in 1927.  Sharing information with Lenny reminded John of Sam Houston’s quote, “Knowledge is the food of genius and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.  Good advise for all of us.

Elizabeth McVicar of Cooper, Maine was very excited about being able to take a day trip to Bar Harbor last week with Greg and Beverly Holst of Alexander and their daughter Billie Jean Holst and grandson Trenton Holst.   While there they visited the Acadia National Park and drove up Cadillac Mountain.  Several of the group were able to buy a lifelong park pass to National Parks.  Anyone 62 and older can get one for $10 until August 28th, when the the passes can go to $80. So Elizabeth and friends can now get into any National Park for free and it also covers anyone in the vehicle with them.  Elizabeth says it was easy, you have to go to the Visitors Center at Acadia Park and show a form of ID with your birth date and ten dollars and you get your pass.  It was a great day and many memories were made.

The Grange is going to have a Free Family Drive In Movie Night to be held at the Grange on August 19th.  A night of free family fun. Folks are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets (and perhaps some of the cars that will be made during Library time) to the Grange for the movie night.  Rain or Moonshine.  

If it rains the movie will move to the upstairs of the Grange Hall.  The fun will be starting at 7:30 p.m. and the movie being planned is “Sing”, but that may change due to availability.  Hope to see you there.

Good thoughts are being sent out to Charlie White, Jolene Thornton, 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.

There seem to be too many condolences to share with you this week. I would like to send condolences to the family of Harry Smith, of Meddybemps, who recently passed away. He was a very nice man who stopped at my parent’s store, Randy’s Variety often and always had a great story to share. 

I would also like to send condolences to Ralph Allen of Alexander and his entire extended family on the passing of his mom, Mary Allen.

Also my deepest sympathy goes to the friends and family of Wilma Dray.  Wilma was born and raised and spent most of her adult life in Crawford, Maine.  She will be missed by many.

Upcoming Birthday wishes go out to Gillian Foley Skow, Gabe Sanchez, Michelle Parks, Linda Renaud, Tessa McArthur, Bronwyn Foley, Gary Subialdea, Todd Bassett, Michelle Brown and Mike McArthur.

A special birthday wish goes out this week to not only my cousin but my God Daughter, Cate Bohanon, also known as Bugga.  Cate will be three years old on the 20th of August.  Happy Birthday Bug!

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to some very special family friends, David and Jenny Sanford.

I would like to send a very special upcoming Anniversary wish to my parents Carl and Rhonda Oakes.  Love you both and hope you have a great day and many more years of wedded bliss!

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

Congratulations to Caitlin and Shane Brown on the birth of Peyton Mary on August 8th.  She is the baby sister to Hartley.  Her happy grandparents are Michelle and Dean Brown of Alexander.

This week at Randy’s the Lucky Loser was Donna Tracy.  Do you want to know how to be a Lucky Loser?  Stop at Randy’s and check it out.

I left last Sunday for a fantastic week at Camp Capella.  I made tons of new friends and saw old ones as well.  I participated in a variety of activities, such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts and crafts and a variety of games.  We played Wheel Of Fortune and The Price Is Right.  Also we sang and danced.  To end our week, we had a camp fire and S’Mores and awards were given to the campers.  I received the Musical Chairs Champion Award.  I even was able to do my first sip and paint.  We had sparkling juices while we painted a lovely beach scene.  The only draw back of the entire week was that when my mom, Rhonda Oakes, came to pick me up the wheelchair lift wouldn’t work.  We tried several times when finally Harvey one of the workers from the camp came out and helped to use the ratchet like thing to pump the ramp up.  Of course when we got home the silly lift worked, hope it keeps working too. Overall, a wonderful week was had and enjoyed and I can’t wait to go back next year. I think Mom and Dad enjoyed a quiet week without me, but I bet it was a bit boring, too.

If you have news you can email me at, message me on facebook, or snail mail me at 1328 Airline Road, Alexander, ME  04694.  Call me at 454-2344 or drop off news at Randy’s Variety! Until next time, stay safe.