Breakfast, dinner raise big bucks

The pancake breakfast at Islesford Neighborhood House was a success. The Cranberry Isles Rescue Service served bacon or sausage, pancakes and beverages. Seventy-nine people went; the breakfast raised $1,327! Thanks to all who participated.

The Ladies Aid potluck dinner was a big success. There was a huge spread. There were baked beans and pulled pork, roasted potatoes and lobster macaroni and cheese. There were several salads, one with cantaloupe mixed in with the greens. I’d never tried it before, but it added sweetness to the salad. There were casseroles with rice, pasta and quinoa, a popular grain that is easy to cook and high in protein.

More than the food, I enjoyed the chance to see all the friends I have made here. Some are summer residents who I will not see till next spring. But some are the year-round residents who are always so friendly and helpful. A big thanks to Eileen Richards and Mark Alley, who did a lot to make the dinner run so smoothly. And thanks to all the others who helped out. The members of the Ladies Aid made the desserts – and they were absolutely delicious – pie, cookies and a giant apple cake.

While we all were devouring the desserts, Tom Powel announced the raffle drawing would begin. Everyone got out their tickets as the numbers were called. Cathi Smith and Sam Donald won the first pick of the two prizes. One was a basket full of all the fixings for a romantic spaghetti dinner, including red wine. The other was a gift box with hand-painted wine glasses that Wendy Ratcliff made and a bottle of blueberry wine from the Bar Harbor Winery. Sam and Cathi chose the gift box. The second ticket was pulled, and to my surprise, my daughter Carmen Walls won. Eileen had to give the wine to me because Carmen is only 10 years old. She was very proud of the basket of goodies she won and promised to make her family a nice candle-lit dinner.

Carmen also will be racing in the cross-country meet planned for Saturday, Oct. 17, here on Great Cranberry Island. There are several kids from the islands that will be racing that day, along with the team from Swans Island. It should be a good race. The Cranberry kids won last year, so will they win again? Or will the Swans kids bring home the prize?

Our sympathy to North Haven on the loss of lobsterman Robert Staples, to Maine Maritime Academy on the loss of five alumni on the ship El Faro, and to the families of all who died when El Faro was lost.

My apologies go to the Islesford Fire Department for including wrong information about the water tank in Town Field and the fire engine. All the water will be fresh.

The mail boat’s winter schedule begins Monday, Oct. 19. No more 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. departures from Northeast Harbor; it goes back to 3:30 p.m.

Katelyn Damon’s birthday falls on the Oct. 18. Happy birthday, Katelyn!

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, email Jennifer Walls at [email protected]




Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

We look forward to reporting the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, reach Jennifer Walls at [email protected]
Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

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