Cranberry Isles: Easter plans underway



While last Wednesday’s blast of snow, wind and rain raised concerns about boats running, by Sunday temperatures in the low fifties marked the gradual warming trend. The Easter season has arrived and plans are underway for celebrations on Islesford and Great Cranberry.

The Islesford Congregational Church will hold a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m. and an Easter service at 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Powell will officiate. There will be an egg hunt on the church lawn at 11:30 a.m. All children are welcome.

The Congregational Church of Great Cranberry Island is still finalizing Easter service plans at this date, but details should be available next week. In the meantime, please contact Helen Bertles or Ingrid Gaither for updated information.

Gaither reports: “The church just wrapped up the last of its Tuesday’s Table, a free lunch open to the community. It was hosted by Ingrid and Ric Gaither with help from others including Beverly Sanborn and Karin Whitney. It was held in the parsonage except on days when attendance was abundant, sometimes around 25 people, when it was moved to the Ladies Aid Building. It was a fun, delicious, and social way to pass the dreary time known as late winter.

“Last month, the church hosted visiting pastor Rev. Jon LaMontagne from Bethany Church in New Hampshire. He provided Sunday worship service and a mid-week get together at the parsonage. He will return in August with his family to provide additional services.”

Islesford Library’s Tuesday Coffee Hour was the usual success. Cindy Thomas shared an island favorite, hard gingerbread. Attendees included Anna Fernald, Ashley Bryan, Barri Jackson, Skip Stevens, Pete and Josiah Philbrook, Jason Pickering, Scott Kimball, Marina Pickering, Lindsay Eysnogle, Paul Thorman, Paul Fernald, Lewis Powell and Audrey Sumner.

Congratulations to Patrick Mocarsky, Louise Chaplin and Isaac Philbrook for helping the Mount Desert Island High School Show Choir successfully defend their state title.

“What happens if you have a medical emergency?” is a common question for islanders, especially year-rounders as winter means fewer boats and water conditions unsuitable for smaller vessels.

Last Monday, my family gained the ability to answer that question from experience. Cranberry Isles is a supportive community and it is all hands on deck when someone is in need. Our gratitude goes out to the Islesford Volunteer Fire Department, Katelyn Damon and our brilliant EMTs, Jason Pickering, Cory Duggan, Jeremy Alley, Joe Flores, with Beal and Bunker, and all our wonderful neighbors. Everyone pulled together to make sure Jeff got the emergency care he needed and that I got to the mainland to help. Thank you all! Jeff is feeling much better.

Happy birthday and best wishes to David Thomas on April 13. On April 14, happy birthday to Lindsay Eysnogle, Peter Philbrook and Brendan Ravenhill. Happy birthday to Anne Watson on April 15, Marya Goettsche Spurling and Martha Bunker on April 16 and to April Mocarsky on April 17. Happy birthday to Gaile Colby, Mary Wallace, Elizabeth Harlan, John and James Murch and young Quinn Emerson Gray on April 18.

“The underlying message of the Neighborhood is that if somebody cares about you, it’s possible that you’ll care about others. ‘You are special, and so is your neighbor’ — that part is essential: that you’re not the only special person in the world. The person you happen to be with at the moment is loved, too.” -Fred Rogers

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at barbaracaldwellpease@gmail.com.

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