Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Congratulations to Anna Johnson for enlisting in the 101st Refueling Wing of the United States Army.  Anna took the oath on March 29th with her parents Mark and Paula Johnson in attendance along with her sister Faith.  Anna is a Senior at Woodland High School and will be graduating in June.

On Monday, March 26th, the Alexander Town Meeting was held in the AES Gym with over 60 folks in attendance!  Ted Carter was chosen as moderator and did a fine job keeping things moving.  The town clerk’s salary and benefits remained the same as last year.  Elected to the job of selectmen were Foster Carlow, Jr., David Davis and Audrey Rood. The selectmen were voted in as Overseers of the Poor, and Foster Carlow, Jr. was voted in as the road commissioner.  Marty Richard and Jason Croman will continue on the school board. John Knowles returned to the board of assessors, Jim Davis returned to the planning board and Pat Cormier will continue as the cemetery supervisor.  Residents voted 30 to 3 in favor of paying the GIS office at UMM for digitizing the property maps that the team of Alexander volunteers worked so hard to correct.  That payment will be due when the maps are all done, likely in about a year.  All other articles passed as written including hiring an assessor’s agent.   Alexander’s next town meeting will take place in June.  That will be when the town takes on the budgets for the school and town operating costs.  Ted Carter ended the meeting by thanking all those in attendance and thanking those that showed an interest in serving the town.  It has been several years since there were more people interested in running for offices than there were offices to fill. 

Tuesday morning John Dudley had a call from Paul Swett, a surveyor and deed researcher for Wagner.  The result of the conversation is that Alexander will redraw the map (to fit the land) so as to show lots 111 through 117 as 80 acre lots.  That information allowed John to finish sheets 14 and 16.  

There will be a benefit supper and Chinese auction on April 21st for Ralph and Arlene Flood at the Alexander School beginning at 4:30 p.m. Ralph is having health issues and is in the nursing home in Machias.  Many folks from the Alexander/Cooper/Crawford area are related to the family or have known them for years as they have been very active in the several groups including granges, legion, church and in Cooper’s politics.  If you would like more information about this event or would like to make a donation you can contact Laurie Pike in Cooper.  

Don’t forget that on Thursday, April 5th there will be a turkey supper with all the fixings at People’s United Methodist Church in Baileyville beginning at 4:30 p.m.

There is going to be a wrestling show at Narraguagus High School on Saturday, April 14th. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m.  This will benefit childhood cancer.  I hope it will be a great turnout for a worthy cause!

There is going to be a AOS #77 public budget meeting and vote for Alexander, Baring, Charlotte, Crawford, Dennysville, Eastport, Lubec and Perry residents on Tuesday, April 24th at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Elementary School Gym.  All citizens who live in these towns are invited to attend and vote on the budget.

Are you a graduating Crawford or Alexander High School Senior this year?  Time is running out! 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 students’ academics but also their outside interests and community activities.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Patsy Hill, Anthony McClure, Karen Davis, Krystal Mann, Violet Folsom, Michelle Hopkins, Alan McLellan, Luann Durgin and Stephen Hopkins.

If you 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, Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, 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 friends and family of Dotty Johnson, who recently passed away.  I fondly remember Dotty as the guidance counselor at Woodland High School. She was a kind and caring lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  RIP Ms. J!

I would also wish to send condolences to the family and friends of Pastor Dick Fowler.  Many folks in the area will remember him as the first pastor of the Church of the Open Bible here in Alexander.  He was an integral part of getting that church started and the Down East Christian School opened. Pastor Fowler had been most recently living in Nova Scotia.

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

It has been another crazy week here at the Oakes’ residence.  When I woke up on Monday I had an earache.  Mom took me to the doctor and I had an ear infection.  The doctor prescribed ear drops.  Tuesday I went to Program. But Wednesday things went crazy again when my transportation got messed up.  So I stayed home as Mom tried to straighten it out.  Thursday Dad took me in to the Center and I was able to go to WCCC for basketball and skill drills practice for the Special Olympics that are coming right up. Friday morning as Mom and Dad were loading me in the van to go to Program, the lift broke and they had to manually pumped me in and out of the van.  So we ended up staying home from the play at Talmadge Bethel Chapel and the AES play called “Cry Wolf”.  I really wanted to go and it made me sad. On Easter Sunday the parents pumped me in and out of the van so that Mom and I could go to Church for Easter breakfast and worship.  Thank you Mom and Dad for helping me attend. Hopefully we’ll get the lift looked at this coming week while we are in Bangor for my doctor appointment, and hopefully we will be able to get my rides to the Center straightened out so I can attend once again regularly.  On a high note, my old wheelchair is hanging in there.

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.