CHAPTER 11 – GROWING AGAIN FROM
1970 TO Y2K
1978 GEORGIA – PACIFIC CORP. TIMBER INVENTORY MAP OF ALEXANDER
This map gives a good picture of the land in Alexander that has been
mostly owned by non-residents over the years. Generally this land is not
suited for farming, but well suited for growing trees. This land, about
10,000 acres has been a place of employment for loggers with axes, then
chain saws, and now huge mechanical harvesters. The forest products
today include fiber to make paper, logs for sawing into lumber, chips
for electrical power generation, and balsam brush for wreaths. The
energy of the sun plus the soils left by the glacier combine to give man
economic opportunity and places for recreation. The woods give wildlife
homes and a storage place and filter for water that eventually gets to
our lakes. And it’s all renewable!
Note that this map shows the Lydic
Setoff to Crawford and the weird crook in the Alexander – Princeton
line. The Damon Setoff from Cooper is incorrect
1997 E-911 ROAD MAP OF ALEXANDER
The town line with Cooper is incorrect.
Y2K - YEAR 2000 – THE MILLLENNIUM YEAR
- ALEXANDERS 175TH ANNIVERSARY
Images by Grazina Paegle – Text by John Dudley
January 19 - An educational assembly was held at AES on the
anniversary of the town’s incorporation. The scholars and John Dudley
presented brief histories. Grange members were present and all enjoyed a
special birthday cake. This was the first event of Alexander’s
celebration of its 175th anniversary of its incorporation
February 7 – Breakneck Mountain Sno-Riders raised over $400 for Pine
Tree Camp for Crippled Children in the club’s annual poker run.
February 21 – The Snowmobile club again showed its generosity, this time
giving the Alexander Fire and First Responder Team a $1000 rescue shed.
March 23 – AES student members of the Garden Club planted seeds for
their summer projects.
April 8 - AES students participated in Down East Heritage Day at UMM.
Shane Brown, Cassie Oakes, and twins Brodie and Thomas Tozier created
visual displays of Alexander – Crawford schools, veterans and seniors.
They won a cash award, which was turned into pie at Helen’s.
April 10 – New sign was installed
at Alexander Cemetery.
April 13 – Volunteer Appreciation Day at AES
May 22 – Grade four and five students from AES went to the Alexander
Cemetery to place flags on Veterans’ graves and to take rubbings of
June 3 – AES pupils went to Baltic Island in Barrows Lake and placed
transcripts of interviews they had done with their grandparents in the
History Dome. The time capsule will be opened in 2050.
June 8 – Sign at the Alexander Animal Pound installed. Merle Knowles and
his boys cut bushes and cleaned up the site. A-CHS placed a sign on this
historic site on the Cooper Road, at the Arm Road.
June 16 – Brothers Jimmy and David Davis along with
Crash Burgess, Fred Wallace and John Dudley started the manual work of
preparing the Veterans’ Monument at the Municipal Building.
June 26 – Over one hundred voters took part in the budget town meeting.
July 1 – This was a day of celebration and
dedication. At 11 am we had a parade on Cooper Road. Grange members
provided lunch and people viewed exhibits in the Grange Hall including
the gravestone rubbings. At 1 PM a Dedication program started at the
Municipal building. The Boy Scout troop put the flag up and led us in
the Pledge of Allegiance. Pike Seavey (USMC) thanked those present and
those who had done the work on the Garden. Roger Holst (USN) read names
of known Veterans and introduced our speaker Major General (Ret.) U. S.
Army Peter Berry who spoke about Veterans and Our Flag. Pastor Robert
Chamberland (USAF) of the Church of the Open Bible gave the closing
prayer. Many returned to the Grange Hall where the chocolate cakewalk
was held upstairs. Justina Goodine was Little Miss Chocolate Cake.
July 8 – Half a hundred enthusiastic family historians gathered at AES
for the annual Genealogy Fair. Grange members supplied coffee, donuts
July 22 – Mrs. Silk (writing), Mrs. Pollock
(reading) and Mrs. Smith (math) completed a three-week summer camp for
AES students. Team teaching and cross grade learning made this a
valuable learning experience for the scholars.
August 10 – Governor Angus King came to AES on this sunny Sunday to help
local children and adults dedicate an Outdoor Learning Area. Sometimes
called an Amphitheater, it was the result of months of planning and work
by staff, students and townspeople. King, who had arrived with friends
all on Harley Davidsons, commented that the Learning Area was the result
of four Ps, planning, perseverance, partnership and passion.
Our visitors on arrival – a view of the Outdoor
The Governor with Janelle Jundt and Justina Goodine
– Heather Henry and Mae Bouchard talk as Ron Renaud watches. Note the
student made mushroom.
October 1 – Troop #127 of Alexander participated in the international
Boy Scout Camporee over the weekend. On October 23, the boys held an
Appreciation Night for the adults who supported them over the past 15
October 23 – Breakneck Mountain ATV Club did a special ride this Sunday
and donated 500 pounds of food to the Calais Food Pantry.
October 30 – Over one hundred people attended the medieval Fair at AES.
Most students wore medieval costumes and enjoyed food of the era.
November 30 – Belle Carlow celebrated her 100th birthday.
And some people worked –
Town Clerk Shirley McCall and Assessor Steve
Knowles work at the Town Office; Coburn Wallace repairs outboard motors
for his nephew Joey Wallace; Those with strong backs harvest