Columbus weekend dinner a winner!

The residents of Cranberry had a very busy weekend on their small island as the Annual Ladies Aid Columbus Weekend Dinner was held on the evening of Oct. 11 with the Community Center “packed to the gills” with hungry guests. A delicious menu of assorted salads, pasta, garlic bread, delicious cakes and a variety of hot and cold beverages sated the crowd and readied the group for the three raffle drawings.

The first drawing was for a bulldozer bucket full of cut, split and delivered wood donated by Blair Colby of B/C Equipment. The winner was Shawn Hall of Orland, who gave the wood to Pastor Tom and his wife Becca. The second drawing was for a red wine basket with crackers and hummus which was won by Helen Bertles, and the third and final raffle was for a white wine basket with hummus and crackers also. The winner of the last raffle was a guest of Peter and Elaine Buchsbaum.

Thank you to all who assisted with this annual event, including Gretchen Westphal, Mike Richman, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Richman, Beverly Sanborn, Mark Alley and more. Over $1000 was raised toward the purchase and installation of the new windows for the older section of the Community Center. The windows are scheduled to be installed the week of Oct. 20-24, according to Mike Westphal, the contractor in charge of the project. Thank you. There will be an Aid meeting on Sat., Oct. 18, at 1 p.m.

A wonderful tribute was held for Annie Alley on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct 19, with a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. and a reception held following at the Community Center. A wonderful selection of photographs of Annie, her late husband Harry Alley and family members were displayed on the mantle of the large brick fireplace with an assortment of the “socks” that Annie had been given over the years. The late Renna’ Colby and others made frequent gifts of the seasonal and interesting footwear to Annie, and it became commonplace to ask her what socks she was wearing that particular day. With red tableware, Annie’s favorite color, and chocolate chip cookies for all, the community said farewell to a woman who will be sadly missed and well remembered. Our sincere condolences go to the family.

Columbus weekend changes include the closing of the Whale’s Rib Gift Shop, the Cranberry Island Museum and the Café’ run by Cesar Ferreira this year. The afternoon boat schedule through Beal and Bunker is now 3:30 p.m. from Northeast Harbor. Many thanks to Cesar for his hard work this summer at the Café and also for his donation of ice cream, garlic bread and soft drinks made to the Columbus Dinner at the Community Center. Hope to see you next year.

The Cranberry Isles Rescue Service had a wonderful and successful pancake breakfast on Saturday. Allan McCormick said in a note to all, “Thank you to everyone who came out for pancakes and support the rescue service! In total,we served 92 people, and raised over $1300!”

Thanks to the CIRS for offering breakfast to the island, and thanks to islanders for going and supporting them.

The Islesford Neighborhood House harvest supper was on Sunday, Oct. 12. Jasmine Samuel was the chief planner/head cook; Dave Thomas and Skip Stevens carved the five turkeys; potatoes, roasted vegetables, and all the trimmings, such as gravy and cranberry sauce (homemade cranberry sauce from Joy Sprague) were Jasmine’s department; and lots of desserts brought by those who attended.

There were donations to the INH Annual Fund toward covering the annual costs of running the Neighborhood House and sponsoring community events. Cheryl Marion had made two beautiful quilts, and part of the supper included the ticket-drawing for each. Cindy Thomas sent “A big thank you to Cheryl Marion who made not one but two quilts for the INHA and library. Thank you to Richard Hill for calling the tickets, Adele Palmer and Briggs Gray for drawing the tickets. The winners are Cindy White and Jeff Lauren.” Congratulations, Cindy and Jeff! Emilie and Ron Axelrod, David and Deborah Brooks, and others who are usually here mostly in the summer season, were all on hand.

Down in Castine, it was Maine Maritime Academy’s weekend to celebrate the end of the incoming ship students. There are four divisions, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta, and they have had some competition before the weekend, then a couple on Saturday. These new MUG’s (Midshipmen Under Guidance) are required to be on campus with no visitors until after the Columbus Day holiday. Ben Stevens is the head of Charlie Company; one of the fourth-year Charlie’s is Adam Olearcek. There are several other MDI area students, most in the land-based academic programs. Skip Stevens, Sally and Meg went down for the events; so did Hank, Natasha and Brigette Olearcek.

The final cross-country meet of the school season is next Thursday, Oct. 23, at Airline. It’s a beautiful location, and there will be a boat back to the island.

The inter-island cross country meet will be Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cranberry Isles; next week, Oct. 25, there will be an inter-island meet at Swans Island. The inter-island meets include kids from K-8; the official school season is for 5-8 graders.

The winter boat schedule has begun. The mail boat has gone to only three trips per day. It leaves NEH at 7:30 a.m., stops at Great Cranberry at about 7:45 a.m. and arrives at Islesford shortly after 8 a.m. It leaves Islesford at 8:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 4 p.m. The commuter boat leaves Great Cranberry at 6:15 a.m., Islesford at 6:30 a.m., and arrives at NEH at 6:50 a.m., in time for school students to get the shuttle at the town dock area. It leaves NEH at 5:00 p.m. for the return trip to the islands. The commuter service has different tickets (cash or checks are also welcome).

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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