“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen
Ibsen certainly understood how Swans Island and its extended community works. Many people have rallied for Ted and Bonnie Turner after they lost their home and belongings to fire this past week. We applaud Swans Island, Tremont and Southwest Harbor firemen and our EMTs for being our superheros; Frenchboro lobsterman Wyatt Beal for transporting mainland firemen to our island; Becky Davis and Emmie Sawyer for organizing meals for the Turners; Rep. Walter Kumiega III for passing the hat in Augusta on Thursday and sending a check for the Turners; Tammy Tripler and others for donating Town Meeting lunch proceeds to Ted and Bonnie this year; Kari Carter Seavey and a number of folks for coordinating clothing donations; all those who have donated clothing, money, meals, time, prayers and comfort to the Turners.
Angela Turner Tapley shares her and her parent’s gratitude: “I wanted to let everyone know as far as anymore clothes, shoes and underwear, the donations have been so generous that my parents now have everything they need or could possibly want. Thank you again to all family and friends for all your support and all the prayers through this awful ordeal.”
Financial donations for Ted and Bonnie Turner still may be mailed to them at the Swans Island Town Office, c/o Gwen May, 125 Harbor Road, Swans Island, ME 04685. Checks should be made out to the Turners.
Bonnie and Ted Turner wrote: “Ted and I would like to thank our family and friends for all that is being done for us during this devastating time. We thank God no one was hurt or lost in the fire, except our 10-year-old Maine coon cat, Missy. My only hope is that she did not suffer. She was a treasured pet and will surely be missed. The house and all our possessions may be gone, but we still have our lives and 43 years of memories that will never be lost. You do not realize what you have until it is all taken away. Again we cannot thank our family and friends enough for coming to our aide. Now that the smoke has cleared and the bits and pieces will soon be hauled away, we will rebuild and start again. God bless you all.”
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Ward Dock, who passed away at her home in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 23. She was a summer resident and will be missed by many.
Jeanne Hoyle informs us that the Island Institute Interior Storm Window Workshop at the Baptist Church has been rescheduled for Monday, March 16, from 2-6 p.m. A potluck dinner will be held following.
Happy Birthday to Wendy Joyce, Kevin Staples, Donna Wiegle, Christal Anne Applin, Elijah Joyce, Hailey May, and Marion Stinson. Happy belated birthday to Bernita Joyce, Clara Estelle Riedel, Billie Jo Riedel, Gary Rainford, Gwen J. May, Emily Banks, Angie LeMoine and Isabella Grace LeMoine.
Anniversary Blessings to Matt and Sarah Lane. Happy Anniversary to my love, Karl Haller.