Cooperative says ‘yes’ to Emera

Ed Schwabe reports on the recent voting results for the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative: “Members of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative voted overwhelmingly to accept the terms of the asset purchase agreement (APA) with Emera Maine, and in support of Emera expanding its service territory to include Swans Island and Frenchboro. The vote was 90 percent in favor and 10 percent opposed. 284 votes were submitted by the deadline of 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1. Seven ballots were invalidated for lack of signature (2) or for failure to mark a ballot choice (5). This left 277 ballots which were counted. 27 ballots voted against the proposed agreement, while 250 ballots voted in favor of the agreement. According to the SIEC By-Laws, two-thirds of the voting membership must approve to move forward.”

Donate to two great causes while enjoying a delicious dinner followed by some awesome entertainment. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Lobster and Marine Museum will host a fundraising dinner at the Oddfellows’ Hall from 4:30-6:15 p.m. After dinner, just walk upstairs for the fourth annual variety show, which starts at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from the show benefit the Swans Island recreation program. For more information about the variety show, contact Leah Staples at 460-3207 or Lacey Freelove at 460-2443.

The island mourns the loss of a good friend and minister, James Max Creswell. We extend our condolences to his wife, Meredith, and his family and friends. A service of remembrance is planned for Thursday, Sept. 1, at noon in the Advent Church. Meredith requests, “We have asked that contributions be made in Max’s memory to the loving church he has served for the last 10 years . . . the Advent Christian Church of Swans Island, 192 Minturn Rd., Swans Island, ME 04685. Blessings and love.”

Jeanne Hoyle announced that the Swans Island Baptist Church has hired Josh Greene as their new minister. Josh will start on a weekly basis in the fall, with the date to be announced at a later time. Welcome.

On Friday, Aug. 12, George Smith visits our library with his newest book, “Maine Sporting Camps.” Starting at 7 p.m., he will discuss his book, which profiles the 50 or so sporting camps that are still in operation in Maine.

We extend our sympathy to family and friends upon the recent passing of Jeanne Joyce. A graveside memorial service and burial for Jeanne will take place at Swans Island’s Rose Hill Cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 12:15 p.m. Pastor Wade Shaefer will officiate, and a 1 p.m. luncheon will follow at the Church of God Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Jeanne to the Swans Island Ambulance Service, c/o Debbie Staples, P.O. Box 6, Swans Island, ME 04685.

Happy birthday to Katelynn Riedel, Ann Marie Maguire, Josephine Reagan Walker, Sheena Greenlaw, Lindsay Carlson, Gary Turner, Norene Bishop, Albert Buswell, Zeke Freelove and David LeMoine. Anniversary blessings to Daniel and Rachel Johnson and Isaac Stinson and Siobhan Ryan.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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