Bryan earns social justice award

Jeanne Toni Hoover received the Social Justice award at Dartmouth on behalf of Ashley Bryan. Susan Valdina went from Islesford on behalf of Ashley to celebrate the award and joined Jeanne for dinner. Jeanne wrote a note: “So wonderful that Soos (AKA Susan Valdina) could join us for the Social Justice awards at Dartmouth. Thank you, Soos, for coming out for dinner after a pleasurable evening of conversation.”

Jeri Spurling had a “music morning for little kiddies” at her house last Thursday. Mothers/caregivers and toddlers were welcome. Jeri has instruments for those who don’t have any to bring themselves. Lindsay Eysnogle took her mother, Lucy, and Luciana and Marina for music morning. Lindsay played the guitar and sang. Jeri played flute, tried to play piano and sang. Chris Breadlove brought Bode Duggan. Luciana especially enjoyed dancing and playing harmonica. Bode enjoyed playing recorder and piano and actually got a good sound out of the flute! Jeri enjoyed singing with Lindsay and harmonizing as they went through songs from “Father Fox’s Feast of Songs,” American folk tunes and Ashley Bryan’s “Walk Together Children.”

Jeri spent time in the Dominican Republic on the mission trip. She writes, “[God] had once again assembled the perfect team for the tasks at hand. We were a team blended from many dispersed locations with many different roles to play. Our medical component consisted of nurses and doctors from Pennsylvania, Maine, Georgia, New York, Florida, Michigan and one Spanish translator originally from Costa Rica via Maine. We had people teaching English and Art in Colegio Moriah, two pastors, who also worked construction, a hospital administrator poised to advise on hospital affairs also working construction, an artist, a videographer, and me, an architect.”

The medical team saw over 1,000 patients; a roof was put over a cistern; solar electricity was added to a newly completed church. Colegio Moriah now has clean gravel over the road and parking areas; workers fixed plumbing issues, and there are now copper window dressings in the church. Several talented local artists participated in the art classes, and the mission team hopes they have more opportunities. They had a business counseling session for some Haitian/Dominicans with business plans. There are new interns teaching English at the school, and it’s sure to be a very busy place. The church services are full of people, and the classrooms are in constant use, not just during services.

“Rabbit, rabbit” first day of a month, somehow the first thing to say for good luck – must be related to the rabbit’s foot keychains. Poor rabbits!

An early notice for summer: Kate Savidge, of the business Barnacle Studios, is planning a knitting weekend for June 24-27 this summer. Plan your trip to Islesford to include that weekend, and for permanent residents, get it on the calendar now while there’s still some summer space.

Great Cranberry proudly welcomes two new emergency responders this week, Tom and Rebecca Powell, to the growing island EMT team. Along with being better equipped to respond to emergencies, the island is now better equipped to deal with the weather rain or shine. A new weather station has been installed on the GCI dock to help islanders and visitors prepare for stormy seas or a day hiking in the sun along our island’s rocky shores. Accurate and up-to-date information can be accessed online at Thanks to all those who helped to make the weather station happen.

Cranberry House is a very busy place this winter. Here’s a summary of activities along with schedules to help keep anyone interested in the loop: Yoga classes are held Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., coordinated by Jessi Duma. Zumba and aerobics classes alternate on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Music nights are held on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., coordinated by Darlene Sumner and Karin Whitney. Students are currently learning to play guitars, with audio-visual DVD instruction shown on the movie screen. Movies at the Seaside Playhouse are shown Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Archives Committee Historical Research meetings are held Mondays at 1 p.m. in the basement media center. Numerous other meetings are being held at various times and dates in the Arts Center.

The first Bible Study Youth Group meeting will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 12 noon at the Cranberry House. Thereafter, the meetings will be held second Saturdays on GCI and fourth Saturdays on Islesford. Darlene Sumner is coordinating the meetings, and support is provided by the Churches Parish Committee.

The Cranberry Island Community Center will host a Valentine Party on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1:45 p.m. Ice cream sundaes and card making supplies will be provided. All are welcome.

Happy belated birthday to Gary Allen on Jan. 29, Eileen Richards on Jan. 31, Fran Porcaro on Feb. 1 and Audrey Noether on Feb. 3.

Happy birthday to Courtney Chaplin on Feb. 5. Christine Sandberg adds another candle on Feb. 6, and Stefanie Alley on Feb. 7.

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 Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.



Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
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