There are a couple of new things that have come onto Great Cranberry this past week, besides all the familiar faces. The General Store has new shirts for sale, including adorable baby onesies. Most exciting is the introduction of rainbow trout in the Blue Heron Pond at Cranberry House. After approximately two years of effort, the fish were finally delivered to Northeast Harbor Thursday afternoon. Ben Walls braved high winds and heavy seas in his outboard to pick up and deliver the fish. He was ably assisted on the Cranberry Island end by Ric Gaither, who delivered the payload to Cranberry House, where a waiting contingent of kids and young-in-hearts then placed them in the pond. Ingrid Gaither was on hand to photograph the historic event. At last report, the fish were seen regularly breaking the pond surface going after mosquitoes. Fishing for them is discouraged; allow them to integrate themselves into their new home.
The island kiddos are out of school for the year. There was a celebration at Kelly Smith Sanborn’s home for all the island school children to celebrate the end of an educational school year and the beginning of an exciting summer! And congratulations to our Cranberry Isles seniors, Joseph Sanchez-Flores, Peter Philbrook and Meg Stevens, who graduated from Mount Desert Island High School on Sunday. All three picked up awards on awards night. Congratulations also to all the island eighth-graders who graduated and will be going to high school next year. Congratulations also to Alyssa Varnum, great-granddaughter of Gaile Colby, on earning her state-certified nursing certificate and being inducted into the National Honor Society. Alyssa will be a senior next year and plans to continue her education in medicine. Alyssa’s sister, Aislynn McCafferty, finished her first year of college with her goal being a degree in early childhood development. Well done, ladies. Olivia Colby, Gaile’s granddaughter, graduated with high honors from Ellsworth High School last weekend. Congratulations, Olivia, and all the best for a bright future!
Ground has been broken at the Longfellow School this past weekend. Barbara Meyers and Jessi Duma have been working hard to create a new garden and have started digging and preparing to get plants in the ground. It will be much work to get the beds where they need to be, but with the knowledge of Barbara and hard work of Jessi, it is guaranteed to be a beautiful space in time. Volunteers are always welcome to help.
On Thursday, June 9, the students at the Ashley Bryan School showcased their work from this year. Artwork and writing were on display, and they shared songs with those who attended. Friday was spent on the final picnic, digging out the rooms, turning in laptops and other chores.
The Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center made its semi-annual trip to Islesford for cleaning and checking teeth. It’s wonderful to have the dentist come to you, especially living on an island. Dr. Oh is well loved.
Thank you Sarah Corson and the RLL fund for the new children’s books at the Islesford Library. More on this next week.
The transition from spring to summer is coming quickly and can be noted all over the island here on Great Cranberry, whether it be Gary Allen putting up American flags along Cranberry Road for the marathon, the flower boxes coming to bloom at the General Store, walking by Sam King’s house as you come up from the dock to see all her colorful flowers singing to the sun or the most notable sign of summer, the people! All the summer residents are coming back one by one, making daily strolls up and down the street.
This Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the apple orchard across from The Lane will be Great Cranberry’s first farm stand of the season, organized by the Island Ecology Project gals. They will have fresh produce, lots of lettuce and greens, and big smiles to give out. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and set up a booth to participate in the selling and trading of any goods one may have to offer.
There will be a special Father’s Day movie showing at the Cranberry House, “Courageous,” on Sunday, June 19, at 7 p.m., hosted by Darlene Sumner. Everyone, but especially Dads and Granddads, is invited to attend. Free popcorn and sodas will be provided.
This coming Monday, the Cranberry Isles Health Committee and the Maine Sea Coast Mission are presenting a health fair at Islesford’s Neighborhood House. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be a variety of screenings, including cholesterol, glucose and bone density; and personal consultations about the mixture of multiple prescriptions at a “drug brown bag” meeting. There will be games, presentations of bike safety and more.
Church services on Islesford will be at 2:30 p.m. through the summer. Pastor Tom Powell says “All are welcome, and we’d love for you to join us.” Tom also will be available at the church on Islesford Wednesday from 3:15-4:45 p.m.
There will be new lobby hours at the Post Office starting June 20. The building will close at 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Along the postal lines, the Cranberry Isles Office address is officially 18 Maple Ave. Its location is next to the fire house.
The summer schedule for the transfer station on Islesford and Great Cranberry has begun. The stations are open Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon. Weekly pick-up is Mondays; trash needs to be out by 8 a.m.
Allan McCormick gets to celebrate another birthday on June 17. John Dwelley’s birthday is on June 18. Bode James Duggan turns three on June 22. Nan Hadlock adds another on June 23, followed by Henry Isaacs on June 24. The month of June is flying by!