The new year, 2019, is roaring in on us, full speed ahead, but there are still some fluke days of … well, better not jinx it.
Cindy Thomas, Stefanie Alley, and Barb Fernald took advantage of a bit of warmth. Barb wrote: “A 40-degree day and mid tide called us to the beach for our December dip this morning. It was much breezier there than we expected so we didn’t take our ‘after’ photo until we were wrapped up. Thank you Cindy and Stefanie for picking me up!
“Our water temperature guesses were 50, 47, and 45 degrees. Eastern Maine Shelf buoy was 47.5, Bar Harbor buoy was 48. It felt cold! But we know it’s only going to get colder.” Hats off to them all …. or should that be hats, gloves, and scarves on?
The sky at the Cranberry Isles and neighboring area has had wonderful light. Sunrise and sunset are colorful, with intense orange and red; the pale blue at sunset is so different from summer’s. The lower humidity makes the Milky Way clear many nights. There’s a meteor shower in the constellation Gemini, peaking on Dec. 13th and 14th. What is called the “Christmas comet” will be out Dec. 14-18th.
We’ve regained a minute of light in the afternoon! On the Cranberry Isles, sunset is at 3:56 p.m. December 12-15th. It will set at 4 p.m. on December 23rd. Ho, ho, ho!
The Islesford Christmas party will be a pizza and cookie party Sunday, Dec. 16 from 5-7 p.m.
The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Christmas Fair was held on Saturday, Dec. 8. Thank you to Heather Varnum for the delicious turkey and wild rice soup and to Laurie Dobson and Ken McCafferty for their help with setting up and organizing. Gaile Colby was the winner of the Christmas Raffle which included a $25 Jordan Pond gift card, cookies, candies, soaps, a calendar, cookbook and more. Thank you again and we will see you next year.
A reminder that a Community Christmas Dinner will be held at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Saturday, Dec 15 at 5 p.m. This is a pot luck event with turkey and ham provided. If you have any questions, please see Kelly Sanborn, Ingrid Gaither or Darlene Sumner who are the hostesses of the feast.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of two members of our Cranberry family.
Alton Bunker, son of the late Arthur Bunker and Ann Bunker, died in Portland, Maine. Alton is survived by his mother Ann, sisters Deborrah and Colleen, a brother Tony and two children.
We also mourn the passing of Clara Wedge. Clara was the wife of the late Karl Wedge and mother to the late Keith Wedge. She is survived by her daughters Sonja Colby and Carla Reed, sons Russell Wedge and Kevin Wedge and grandchildren and great grandchildren. An obituary for Clare was included in our Dec. 7 edition. Our condolences to the families of Alton and Clara.
Eileen compiled a list of holiday suggestions:
1) When going through old photos, write who is in the picture and the date on the back of each picture. My family goes through family photos every holiday.
2) Start a giving plate. Fill a plate with goodies, pass it on to someone. They refill and pass it on to someone else. Enjoy, fill and pass it on, these are the rules! I would do this with Bea Weinreich during the summer on Cranberry.
3) Write down the stories of special holiday ornaments and keep it with your Christmas decorations for future generations.
4) Place copies of well-loved recipes (like Sonja Colby’s raspberry bars!) in your Christmas cards for friends and neighbors.
5) Have a child pick out a charity and give a donation in their name. Research the organization with the young person and teach them about giving to others.
6) Visit an elderly person. Shovel their walkway, take cookies or just sit and talk for a few minutes. It will mean more than you know.
7) Teach your children and grandchildren how to write thank-you notes. My aunt Norma Bunker gave me thank-you notes every Christmas as a reminder to be grateful for the gifts I had received.
8) Keep a journal of holiday traditions, special family stories or funny moments shared with a loved one for your family.
9) Give to those less fortunate over the holidays and all year through. A warm coat to a homeless shelter, books to a hospital or volunteering at a food bank are a few ideas.
10) Be a secret Santa to someone. A small gift, a gift certificate maybe a candy bar with a note stating that they are appreciated and are thought of during the holidays.
11) Don’t feed your pets holiday goodies not meant for animals like chocolate or nutmeg. Buy special pet treats for them to have.
12) Last but not least, if you are unable to visit a friend or family member during the holidays, make a phone call and let them know they are thought of and missed. Better than an e-mail.
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.” Caroline Kennedy (b. 1957), author, diplomat, attorney.
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]