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Cassie Oakes


The Alexander Grange had their first meeting of the season on April 4th.  During the agricultural part of the meeting, Deb Hanson of Storybook Farm shared that they have delivered one baby girl kid and another is on the way.  They have also begun selling farm-fresh eggs.  Dottie and Jim Sullivan have offered to purchase a flag and flag pole for the Grange Hall.  Grange members have happily accepted this gift. The Grangers also voted on a list of planned events and all passed.  The first event will be Grange Open House on April 25th, which will include stones from the Summit Project.  Other activities in the works are a seed starting class, a movie night and a flag retirement, so stay tuned for more information.

I wish to congratulate Erica Pike of Alexander on being offered and accepting a position as Family Nurse Practitioner at Calais Regional Medical Services.  Congratulations Erica on a job well done.

I would like to update everyone on Anna Johnson’s enlistment into the Air National Guard in Bangor.  She will be working at the Medical Group, but doesn’t have a date yet for basic training.  Anna plans to attend UMM next year to study Conservation Law. Congratulations again Anna, you make your hometown proud!  Anna is the daughter of Mark and Paula Johnson of Alexander.

Alexander 4-a-Cure Annual Relay for Life Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, April 14th from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alexander Elementary School.  This year it will include a bazaar and a pancake breakfast.  Join AES for their usual yard sale treasures as well as seeing Lula Roe with Kristy Crawford, Color Street with Diane Lord, L’BRI with Josie Wallace, Scentsy with Lesliann Barnard and Tastefully Simple with Mallory Roderick.  If you are interested in learning more about the team or have items to donate you can contact B.J. Wallace or Brenda McDonough.

The menu for the pancake breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, milk, apple juice, orange juice, coffee or tea.  The cost will be $5 U.S. or $6 Canadian for adults, and the cost for children 10 and under is $3 U.S. or $4 Canadian.  All proceeds benefit the Alexander 4-A-Cure Relay for Life team.

Don’t forget that 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.  This event will benefit childhood cancer.  I hope that they have a great turnout to help this worthwhile cause. These events are always a fun time.

There will be a benefit supper and Chinese auction for Ralph and Arlene Flood will be on April 21st at the Alexander School beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Ralph is having health issues and is in the nursing home in Machias. The planning has begun, and if you would like to help, would like more information about this event or would like to make a donation, you can contact Laurie Pike in Cooper at 214-7335.

There is going to be an 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.

Graduating seniors from Alexander and Crawford, 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 Dave Holst, Mallory Black, Zach Newman, Richard Bailey and Josh Goodine.

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

Special thoughts are being sent out to my friend Myrna Gilmore, Linda Richardson, Danny Taylor, Lynn Hill, Diane Quigley, Elwin Daley, Avis McIntyre, Ralph Flood, and Crash Burgess. Please do not forget about those caretakers who so selflessly take care of their loved ones.

I would like to send special good thoughts and get well wishes to my mom, Rhonda Oakes, who had knee replacement surgery recently.  Love you and hope you have a speedy recovery!  And a big thank you to those who have stopped in with food and offered to help us out.

I wish to send condolences to the family and friends of Weibley Dean, Sr., of Alexander.  Mr. Dean passed away on April 4th.  He was a kind man, very involved in the Masonic Lodge and loved helping others.  He will be greatly missed.

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Gerald Cooper. 

It has been a crazy week for the Oakes family. On Monday, Mom, Dad and I headed to Bangor to have the wheelchair lift in the van worked on and WOO HOO, it was fixed.  Then it was off to a doctor’s appointment about my burps. We decided that surgery isn’t necessary right now unless the burps become too much to handle.  I will go back to see him in September. I got to pick where we ate for the day so of course lunch was at Five Guys and dessert at Sweet Frog.  Both were very yummy.  Tuesday Mom took me to Princeton for a doctor’s appointment about my ear, which looks much better.  On Wednesday Dad and I took Mom to the hospital early in the morning for her knee replacement surgery, and she did great.  Finally my rides were straightened out and I was back on the bus Thursday and Friday and able to go to Program. Friday Dad brought Mom home from the hospital and the healing has begun.  Everyone in the house is helping out where they can and several friends have brought us food to eat, which has helped a lot.  Thank You Debbie Hanson and Diane McAlpine.  And let’s not forget Stephanie Austin who has been a great help coming in every day to make sure I am ready for the day and shares lots of laughs and giggles.   Special Olympics is on my agenda next and I am looking forward to letting you know how it goes.


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.