Great Cranberry Island geese on their way to a new home in Plymouth, Maine. PHOTO COURTESY OF EILEEN RICHARDS

Cranberry Isles

The new year for the churches on Great Cranberry and Islesford started Sunday, Sept. 16. There was a joint service on Islesford, which now has services in the morning, while Great Cranberry takes the afternoon. River Gray was baptized, along with Brigid and Padraig Powell.

Among those who came from Great Cranberry were Helen Bertles, Chris Johnston, Laurie Dobson, Sam King, Damon Silvers and his friend from London.

Adele Palmer was home for the weekend, to the delight of Amy and Will.

Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens went to North Carolina to see Ben, Andrea, and Milo Stevens for the weekend of the 8th and 9th, then planned to go to Charleston, S.C., to see old family history places from the Civil War/War between the States/War of Northern Aggression. The south-bound forecast got worse, so they headed inland toward the Blue Ridge area for an impromptu Islesford reunion with Tony, Sarah, Hank, and Sadie Archino, and Sarah’s mother Sally. Allison and Mike Yanover joined them at the Archino home in the afternoon; after supper, Tony and Mike took Skip and Sally to the Greenville Woodworkers’ Guild, where Allison was the supervisor for the final shift. The Archino’s new home is near a retired railroad track now used as a non-automotive path; they love being able to walk most places and meeting neighbors on the path.

Coming soon, to a Neighborhood House near you: the Islesford Harvest Supper will be Sunday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. There’s a sign-up sheet at the post office, or a post in the Cranberry Isles Information Page on Facebook which allows sign ups. Lasagna (meat, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, chocolate chip), salads, breads, desserts, and punch are on the list.

Happy birthday wishes to Acadia Gribble and Kevin Rancourt on Sept. 22. Happy birthday to three celebrants on the 23rd: Wyatt James Westphal, Ethan McKelvin and Barbara Ware. Another trio are opening presents on the 25th: Fred Quackenbush, Rob Benson and Dick Pierson. Dr. Pierson will turn 89, Happy birthday Doc. Sept. 26 finds Charlie Day blowing out candles. Hale Murch and Sonja Colby share the 28th and a very happy birthday to Lisa Hall on Sept 30. Best wishes to you all for a splendid day of celebration. Two Anniversaries to round out the month with Nancy Savage and Jay Soukup on the 22nd and Audrey and Peter Eldredge on the 27.

Happy Birthday to Joanne Thormann on the 21st. Abe Philbrook adds another on the 23rd and shares the day with ‘Little’ Hugh Smallwood. Rob Benson takes a birthday swim on the 25th.

Happy Anniversary to Kaitlyn and Cory Duggan on the 20th, and to Cari and Cory Alley on the 23rd.

“…I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist (1804-1864).

Calling all geese! In 2016 a goose round-up took place on Great Cranberry with Anne Watson, Morrie and Johnna Newell assisting the farmers who came to relocate the birds to their farm. This year the remaining fowl were penned to be taken to their new home and a different farm, near Plymouth. The 15 fowl were gathered up by Ben and Morrie who worked with the farmer. On both farms the geese will be able to roam free. The last geese will be helping to protect the chickens from foxes as they are very good at warning of danger.

The Shuttle, a golf cart which holds 8-10 people operated by the Cranberry Island Historical Society, has stopped running until next year. Many thanks to the Society and all the volunteers who donated their time to transport residents up and down Cranberry Road and show our many visitors our beautiful island with guided tours. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you up and running in 2019

The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will hold their annual Harvest Supper on Sun, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The menu this year includes fish chowder, biscuits, crackers, beverages and dessert for $10. A raffle will be held with tickets being $1 each or 6 for $5. 2019 calendars and our new Heritage Cookbooks will also be available. We hope to see you at the Aid

We have all heard the jingle for the Reny’s Store located in Maine. Well, they recently ran a contest with first place winning $500, second place winning $250 and third place winners receiving $100. And the winner is … Captain Hannah Gray, daughter of Ed and Jane Gray, and the crew of the Mary E! Congratulations and well done.

Friends are invited to join the family of Leona MaCallister at the Bunker Cemetery for a graveside service on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. The cemetery is located on Great Cranberry Island.

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]


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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