Alexander/Crawford News

Town News

Cassie Oakes


Okay folks, I know there are a lot of kids on spring break and families vacationing in all kinds of different spots and doing all kinds of fun things.  Drop me a note for the column and we can preserve how we lived in 2018 for those that that come after us.

The Alexander Grange will be hosting an open house for National Grange Month.  The open house is to honor our hometown heroes on Wednesday, April 25th, beginning at 6 p.m.  The event will include the Summit Project and will honor five local heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. There will be a display, a ceremony, a time to chat and refreshments.  The Gold Star families have been invited to attend.  The members of the Alexander Grange hope you will attend.

John Dudley sent me a note that missed the paper last week.  This may have nothing to do with maps, but the play, “Cry Wolf” at AES on Friday night was great.  It included nearly every child at the school, it involved worthwhile messages for children and adults, and was a great time for us to support our community and visit. 

Now onto the map updates.  Ed Moreside and David Davis came by John Dudley’s house on Saturday morning; Ed to verify his work and Davis to pass in Sheet 12, Breakneck and Barrows Lake area.  Ed is nearly finished, but has GPS readings to do. One will have to wait until the snow melts and the mud dries up. John Dudley spent the afternoon going over David’s sheet.  They need to send accurate work to the GIS office at UMM to get back an accurate property map.

On Tuesday Roger Holst and John spent time on the phone talking maps and some other town businesses.  These older men still have an interest in this town.  

Next on John Dudley’s map list is to work with John Knowles.  Again a big thanks to all the map volunteers.

The rest of the week was tied up with looking after John Dudley, a haircut, two medical visits, and storytelling at the Calais Free Library. On Saturday morning at CFL John Preston told about the headless body found with a suicide note, Sally Carlow showed old images of the Calais Post Office and the Second Baptist Church.  The first Second Baptist Church burned, but the First Baptist still stands in Milltown. The third Second Baptist Church stands today on Church Street.  Al Churchill told about Bernard McDonough’s life in Kellyland.  John Dudley’s story connected John McAdam Murchine, his great-grandpa to Nathaniel Lamb and Pliney Frost (both of Alexander) and Larry Gorman and Sandy Ives.

On Monday the 9th, John spoke at the St. Croix Historical Society on the Airline Road, attended the selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening and rode to the deeds office in Machias on Wednesday with Robert Flood.  John explored the grave lots on Sheet 8 and discovered what others had known, that the gore is narrow at the north end.

There will be a benefit supper and Chinese auction held on April 21st at the Alexander School for Ralph and Arlene Flood beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Ralph is having health issues and is in the nursing home in Machias. If you would like to help 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, it is now time to get those Alexander/Crawford Scholarship applications.  All applications need to be turned in by May 1st.  You can leave them at the store if you need to for Rhonda Oakes or Susan Wallace to retrieve  

Relay for Life Team Alexander 4-a-Cure would like to thank all of those who donated, vendors, shoppers and eaters for making their annual yard sale successful again this year.

Upcoming birthday wishes go out to Carol Pollock, Diana Howell, Diane McAlpine, Kit Pollock, Marian Rice, Chabre Poole, Matt Snyder, David McClure, Brayden Greenlaw and Kayla Smith.

Upcoming anniversary wishes go to Eric and Tracey Wallace Braiser, Fred and Linda Wallace and Mike and Jennifer Archer.  I wish all couples many more years of wedded bliss!

If you would like your birthday or anniversary to be listed, please contact me. 

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, Crash Burgess and Rhonda Oakes. Please do not forget about those caretakers who so selflessly take care of their loved ones.

Lately every week it seems like I have condolences in my column and this week it is more of the same.

I would like to send condolences to the family and friends of John Haley who recently passed away.  John was a wonderful and caring man who always had a smile and a tease when he stopped in the store.  He will be greatly missed by all.

Condolences are also going out to the family and friends of Karol Korasadowicz who also recently passed away.  Karol still has family here in Alexander; a dad, stepmom and siblings.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

For those of you who are wondering when the funeral for David Carson will be, it will take place at the Hermon Baptist Church on Route 2 in Hermon on May 19th.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.  Burial will be at the Glenburn Cemetery immediately afterwards.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bangor Christian Schools, the Emma Marie Carson Memorial Playground Fund, 1476 Broadway Bangor, ME, 04401.

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

I had a very busy week and it started on Sunday  when I went with the Beckett Center to the basketball Special Olympics.  We first checked into our hotel rooms at Days Inn in Bangor, we shopped, ate dinner at the Ground Round, went to the movies and saw “Sherlock Gnomes”.  Bright and early Monday we had breakfast at the hotel, then headed to UMO for our events.  The Beckett Center Beckett Bombers placed 2nd in the team events and I got 8th place in skill drills.  On the way home we had lunch at Wendy’s.  The rest of the week were normal Program days. We played Shut The Box, Bingo and because the weather was nice, we got to go on several walks in the community. Friday we had delicious meatball subs and chips and I got to go on coffee break which for me was apple juice.  On my time at home I helped mom out while she is healing from knee replacement surgery.  We are a very lucky family with some great friends who have been bringing in delicious meals while mom heals.  Dad and I are very appreciative.

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.