Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Please mark your calendars for some upcoming events: On March 29th, there is going to be a Maundy Thursday Service taking place at Peoples United Methodist Church in Baileyville at 7:00 p.m.

On Friday, March 30th (Good Friday) the Alexander Elementary School will be putting on a play called “Cry Wolf”, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The performance is open to the Public.

The Alexander Grange is tentatively scheduled to have their first meeting of the New Year on April 4th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  They are hoping for some snow removal before that date.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page (Alexander Grange #304) for updates and events or contact the Grange Master, Dale Holst. 

On Thursday, April 5th there will be a turkey supper with all the fixings at Peoples United Methodist Church, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The present map of Alexander lots has four lots that are identified as East or West; they are 24E, 24 W, 88E and 88W.  Of course, E and W are letters and are not recognized by the GIS computer program.  Merle Knowles was part of the process to solve that issue, thanks also for the visit!  John Dudley and Merle Knowles also worked their way through sheets 8 and 9, a missing house and lot on one, and misfiled deeds on the other.

Lacey Porter, daughter of Dana and David Porter of Alexander and granddaughter of Mike and Betty Smith also of Alexander is an artist and her art has been chosen for the Eastport Arts Centers 4th Annual Youth Art Exhibit.  Lacey is an 8th grader at the Calais Jr. High.  Her art, along with other selected local youth will be on display in the gallery from now until April 29th.  Lacey is a very talented artist and is thankful for getting these opportunities to show her art, so if you get a chance check it out.

Congratulations to Prue Maxwell, senior at Calais High School, for being named to the Penobscot Valley Conference Senior All Star Team.  Prue attended AES and is the daughter of Melissa and Nathan Maxwell of Alexander and is the granddaughter of Wendy Dix, also of Alexander.  Way to go, Prue!

Belinda Smith, of Calais had recently adopted a new baby boy into her clan, on March 16th with her husband Harold Welch.  Baby Lawrence was welcomed with open arms by 21 brothers and sisters.  Lawrence, or Tater by those who know him, is one very lucky little boy to join this family. As many of you know adoption holds a special place in my family and my self’s heart.  Congratulations to the Smith-Welch Family!

There will be a special Easter Play at 7 p.m. at Talmadge’s Bethel Chapel on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday Night at 7:00 p.m.  The pastor at Bethel Chapel is Brent Gray.  The drama team is Belinda Smith’s kids.  They will be performing a play called “It is Really Real”. All are welcome to come.  Refreshments will be served on Friday night.  I really enjoy all that the Smith family does during their performances so I plan to be there.

Roger and Fran Holst of Alexander have just returned from visiting their daughter Teresa, son-in-law Pat Eliasan and grandchildren Jack and Casey in Jacksonville, Florida.  They were able to watch Jack play baseball and Casey play softball.  Even though they were in Florida and the sun was out a lot, they had to bundle up in blankets to watch some games as it got a little chilly!  Pat gave them a tour of the USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), being the Navy Destroyer that he is serving aboard.  They also visited historic St. Augustine where they climbed the St. Augustine Lighthouse, climbed around a fort and visited Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.  They’re hoping the spring weather follows them back to Maine.

Are you a graduating Crawford or Alexander High School Senior this year?  Don’t forget to apply for the Alexander/Crawford Scholarship.  You can get applications from your Guidance Office or contact Rhonda Oakes.  All applications need to be turned in by May 1st.  Remember the criteria for this scholarship is to live in Alexander or Crawford.  The committee looks at not only the student’s academics but also their outside interests and community activities.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Sebastian Sanford, Ted Carter, Jeff Spatcher, Cathy Blake, Caredwen Foley, Ron Hill, Terry Holmes and Angie Poole.

I would like to send a very special upcoming ‘happy birthday’ wish to my special friend Sharon Cooper.  Love you and hope you have a great day!

I would like to send a special belated Happy Birthday wish to Gavin Berry, who turned 9 on March 19th.  With love from his Mom Clarissa Parker, Dad Uncle G, (Gerard Berry), brother Brandon McMannis, sister Adrienne Berry and the rest of his family and friends, including me!

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Earl and Patsy Hill, may you have many more years together.

Would you 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 Danny Taylor, Todd McGuire, Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, Dottie Johnson, Elwin Daley, Avis McIntyre, Ralph Flood, Crash Burgess and David Sullivan. Please do not forget about those caretakers who so selflessly take care of their loved ones.

I would like to send condolences to the family and friends of David Carson, who recently passed away.  David grew up in Woodland and lived for many years in Alexander most recently living in Glenburn and summering on Crawford Lake.  David always had a kind word to say when you would meet him out and about.  He will be missed by many.

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

This week I had a full and busy week.  My wheelchair continued to work with out any break downs and we worked on some more paperwork to try and get a new one, which included looking at videos of different models and seeing which would fit my needs best.  I attended program and enjoyed playing cards, BINGO and hanging out with my friends.  We also spent some time preparing for the upcoming Basketball Special Olympics on April 9th.  I attended church on Palm Sunday with Mom and we got our palms and danced. Yes, we danced in church this past week and it was fun!

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.