Change is good

Thoughts from Eileen: There have been many conversations this winter about how different things used to be on the islands and specifically GCI. I grew up on GCI, and there are many things that have changed over the years: there was no store on the island when I was a child, no library to go to for books or Wi-Fi or computer to hook into for that matter. The two islands had their own schools under the one town, and the children did not have the same interaction, education or relationships that the present students do. Each school had one teacher.

Occupations of the residents were different as well, as most men were fisherman, and women were homemakers. It was taken for granted that boys would join the fire club and girls would be members of the Ladies Aid, young men would work for Beal & Bunker or fish, and the girls would babysit or clean houses for their summer jobs. Men had time to help their neighbors more in the winter as their boats and gear were hauled out (for the most part), and women would gather in the morning for coffee and conversation.

We had an oil truck on-island with home delivery, gas pump and pay phone at the dock, and at one time, a restaurant on the dock and another that seated 75. We had no leash laws for our dogs, and rubbish was burned in a burn barrel out back. We all played outside as the TV, if you had one, was black-and-white and got two or three channels, and your parents were not letting you stay inside unless it was a whopper of a storm anyway.

I write this because some folks think that change is bad, but if we need help, we are still there for each other, and you will never go hungry if your neighbors have food. The past becomes so impossibly perfect in everyone’s minds that of course the present would be blemished in comparison, but trust me, it was not perfect, the people were not perfect, dogs bit people, people had feuds, people died, and children were born just like today. You can’t go back, but you can look ahead to a bright future for our town because the heart of the Cranberry Isles is the people who call it home.

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).

Thank you to Ken McCafferty for donating the pizza for Cribbage and Pizza Night at the Community Center on Thursday evening. Hope to see you next week.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland hosted “A Conversation with Henry Isaacs and Ashley Bryan” on this past Sunday, April 3. Henry’s exhibit “Gatherings” is at the museum through May 8.

Cari Alley went to the annual training day for the Animal Control Officers. Out of approximately 135 ACOs, Cari was one of a few who could say that all dogs are registered. Congratulations, Cari, and thanks for all you do.

It’s risky to talk about EMT work and health issues at an Islesford Library Tuesday Tea in the morning – there might be a reconvening at night to go over things in detail. Mary E. Schuch, Sally Rowan, Cindy Thomas and Malcolm Fernald talked about various medical topics at the tea; Sally broke her ankle that night. Mary, Katelyn Damon, and Cory Duggan got her to the dock where Richard Howland met them for the ride over to Northeast Harbor. Skip Stevens went along and drove Sally to MDI hospital. Having EMTs on the islands makes such a difference. Many thanks to all who participate on both islands.

Meg Stevens was in her final Show Choir at MDI High School. Thursday was the annual evening the high school hosts the local schools for a performance for families and friends in the area. Meg’s aunt, Jeanne Kohn, came up from Pittsburgh to see the performance. The state competition was on Saturday at Millinocket, and MDI won first place.

Despite the chilly weather, Mike Westphal and his crew have assured us that spring is here as they have removed the enclosure from the GCI Post Office. Happy spring. I hope you guys are right?!?

The Seaside Playhouse has begun its spring schedule of movie nights. Beginning the first week of April, movies are shown every Tuesday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Admission is always free, but donations are greatly appreciated to help offset operating costs of the theater. Popcorn and soft drinks are sold at the theater.

Wish a happy birthday to Kyle Krasnow on April 9, Judy Ravenhill on April 10 and David Thomas on April 13. Happy birthday also goes to James “Samson” Gaither on April 19 and to Heather White on April 21. Kate Colby will celebrate her birthday on April 22, and Barbara Meyers is scheduled to be serenaded by her lovely daughter Sofie on April 23. John Zuck gets cake and ice cream on April 27 with lots of presents on tap for Miss Olivia Grace Johnston on April 28. Best wishes to you all. Anniversary wishes are in order for Wini Smart and Fred Quackenbush on April 25. Happy anniversary wishes from all your friends on Cranberry.

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 Eileen Richards at [email protected]



Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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, reach Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]
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