Community, winter weather welcome new islanders

General A. Snowe Pyle and Admiral Bloward Wind invaded the state of Maine last week with strong forces on land and water. They declared a victory, but the underground resistance was determined to defeat them from below.

Those on the water this week are waiting for spring weather that seems to be permanently on hold. Inside the Cranberry General Store, coffee in hand, hopeful captains check the local weather reports, only to find that the winds will not let up. The white caps continue to curl across the harbor, and rowing out to the moorings is relentlessly chilly. Sometimes spring just doesn’t want to come, and winter holds on until June, then all of a sudden, it’s summer. Tis’ life on the edge of the water.

Barbara and Jeff Pease have moved out to Islesford. A storm delayed the barge with their furniture for a day. Thanks to Bill Dowling, Amy Palmer and others, they spent their first day and night at the Islesford parsonage. Cindy Thomas and Jeri Spurling got sheets washed and on the beds, and vacuumed. The Pease’s were welcomed in person and from afar thanks to the Cranberry Isles Facebook page.

Our sympathy to Stephen Richard, whose mother, Jean B. (Midge) Quandt, died from complications of Parkinson’s. She began spending summers in Northeast Harbor as a child, then returned with her husband, followed by the rest of the family to places around Mount Desert Island. Steven wrote she “had a PhD in American history, and was a feminist who championed causes for many disenfranchised people. She was brave, and strong, and battled this illness for almost three years finally passing easily at the end.”

Thursday’s library story time was “St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet.” Along with hearing a story about St. Patrick, the kids made four-leaf clover decorations.

Beatrice Amuso, for funds for a summer trip, offered to dig out and brush off cars in Northeast Harbor. Jeri Spurling took her up, and afterwards complimented Bea on being able to just get in her car and drive away. “Some of those cars around me were buried!” Jeri wrote.

Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens went to Baltimore, where they saw Karen and Hugh Smallwood, Elaine and Peyton Eggleston, and Dedi Whitaker. They went on to Durham, N.C., to spend the weekend with Ben Stevens, Andrea Ruby and their son Milo, who was baptized on March 19. It appears they missed some white rain in New England.

Colleen Bunker started hosting weekly acupuncture sessions on Monday mornings on March 19 at the Arts Center on GCI. Interested individuals should make reservations by contacting Colleen at 266-9753.

The popular weekly Easter Bible Study program hosted by Darlene Sumner continues on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Cranberry House in the Arts Center. Everyone is welcome.

Summer registration for Islesford Boatworks is now open. The new website, has information about summer programs.

Birthdays: Frances and Gretchen Blank continue to celebrate their birthday on March 23. Dan Lief will blow out candles on March 26, followed by Chris Diaz on March 28. Happy birthday!

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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