Cranberry House names Duma manager

There has been some very exciting news from the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society! They received notification from the Buchanan Family Foundation for a grant of $40,000 spread over the course of two years in support of a general manager position for the Cranberry House. Current Island Fellow Jessi Duma has been hired officially by the GCIHS board of trustees to be the organization’s first general manager and general manager for the Cranberry Isles Real Estate Trust. She will begin her position shortly after she completes her two year Island Fellowship. Congratulations, Jessi. You have been an incredible addition to our community. We all are elated to have you here as a community member for longer.

There have been more signs of summer sprouting up all over the island: lupine leaves and stalks growing bigger and taller, dandelions starting to go to seed and apple trees putting out their blossoms for hungry bees. One apple tree in particular has been very happy this past week, finally getting some long-deserved attention and care. The Longfellow School had all its spruce trees cleared out out front, giving light to the old, historic apple tree that has been growing in that soil for over 50 years, awkwardly reaching towards the light. It will no longer be shaded and overlooked as it puts out its blossoms along with new growth.

Track and field news from Melissa Amuso about the ABS track team that runs with MDES track: I am in awe of how great they are. They have really been working hard at their craft, and today it showed. Here is the rundown: Patrick Mocarsky ran the mile in 5 minutes, 55 seconds, breaking that 6-minute mile (gotta love those 400 and 800 repeaters now); Beatrice Amuso threw the discus 52 feet, 10 inches (her personal best at a meet); Xander Amuso took three seconds off of his 1:36 time in the 400 meter, coming in at 1.33; and Cooper Sumner came in at 1:22 in his 400-meter run.

The top 10 percent in state qualify for the state final. This is the third straight year Cranberry Isles students have qualified for states. Patrick Mocarsky qualifies for shot put, running the 1600; Cooper Sumner in the 50; Beatrice Amuso will be in the discus competition for the second year.

Hitty’s Café Chef Cezar Ferreira has returned for his third season at Cranberry House. Cezar still has his boundless enthusiasm and engaging personality to support his outstanding culinary skills, which have made Hitty’s a regional popular eating destination each year. The Cranberry House museum and café open for business for the summer season on Friday, May 27. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will run thru Columbus Day. The café hours may expand later in the season.

As Cranberry gets ready for a bustling summer, the members of the Ladies Aid are preparing for their much anticipated Memorial Weekend Dinner on Saturday, May 28, at 6 p.m. This year’s menu will include ham, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, homemade strawberry-rhubarb dessert, beverages and more. Aid members are asked to bring side dishes for the dinner. A “sign up for sides” list is located at the GCI Post Office. The price of admission is $10 for adults or $5 for 5-12. Kids under 5 eat for free. A raffle will be held with tickets 6 for $5 or $1 each. All funds support our beloved Ladies Aid Community Center.

Memorial Day is upon us. Remember those who have died in our armed services at the cookouts and other parties in the neighborhoods. Requiescat in pace.

Coming up next Sunday, June 5, is the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Church will be a joint service for the two islands at 10 a.m. at Islesford. There will be food and family fun from noon to 2 p.m. The blessing will be at 2 p.m. in Islesford Harbor.

Lisa Fernald Payne has scheduled a graveside funeral for Dennis Fernald on July 10 at noon. This would have been his 50th wedding anniversary. Lisa will be on the island on July 8; her mother will stay until the first week of September.

May birthdays included Justin Bunker and Fred Day on May 17, David Encarnation on May 19, Kathy Zuck on May 21 and Gene Porcaro and Holly Hartley on May 23. Happy birthday to Emery Louise Day on May 26, Dick Atlee and Ted Spurling on May 27 and Hanna Folsom, Polly Bunker and Marvin Ott on May 29. Happy anniversary to Alex Johnson and Kate Valenta on May 27 and Sue and Joe Hand on May 29.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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