It was not a white Christmas this year, on the Cranberry Islands, but it was a warm one. The storm forecast for Christmas Day arrived weaker than anticipated, bringing some rain and unseasonable warmth. Temperatures were in the high 50s. Even though, thankfully, the wind did not reach the expected speeds, the surf at Gilley Beach put on a little Christmas show of spray and waves. There are no storms on the radar for this week, though there may be morning snow showers on New Year’s Day.
While social distancing and safety may have prevented socializing in public, the townspeople of Cranberry Isles did interact through social media, sharing wishes, music, Christmas decorations and special memories. Pages were filled with cheerful posts and bright comments. The online contacts helped sustain the feeling of community so much a part of the Cranberry Islands.
Congratulations to Amanda Bracy who has been made an ambassador for Raze Energy. As everyone on the islands knows, Mandy, who captains the Cranberry Cove Ferry in the summer, works on the Commuter Ferry in winter, dives and takes amazing photographs, will be an asset to Raze. Congratulations, as well, to The Great Cranberry Island General Store and Seawich Cafe for being the first store in Downeast Maine to carry the energy drinks.
Happy anniversary to Ingrid and Ric Gaither on Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, happy birthday to Fran Porcaro. Happy birthday to Audrey Noether on Jan. 3. Happy birthday on Jan. 4, to Melissa Amuso. Happy birthday to Mark Howard on Jan. 5. Happy anniversary to Jeri and Ted Spurling on Jan. 5.
A very happy New Year to the people of the Cranberry Isles. Welcome 2021!
“Last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” T. S. Eliot
We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Email Barbara Caldwell-Pease at [email protected].