The Cranberry Isles post office, a former freezer built by Beal & Bunker, received some damage during a January storm. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EILEEN RICHARDS

Cranberry Isles: Students to host luncheon

A wonderful 16th birthday celebration was held for Hallie Sumner at the Cranberry Island Community Center on the evening of Thurs, Jan. 31. Hallie is the daughter of Darlene and Ben Sumner. Those attending were: Darlene, Ben, Hallie’s sisters Kariah and Audrey, Audrey Noether, Colleen Bunker, Bob Hudson, Eileen Richards, Ingrid Gaither, Beverly Sanborn, Sharon Morrell, Blair Colby, Philippe Donald, Phil and Karin Whitney, Justin Bunker with wife Jess and son Ezra, sister’s Melanie and Jessica Sanborn, Barbara Meyers and Bill Dowling. Thank you to the Sumner family for inviting the community to celebrate this happy occasion.

Free hot coffee and donuts were ready for island residents and workmen alike at the Community Center on Sat, Feb. 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Society had the morning goodies available for all to enjoy.

Hope you all enjoyed the treats and we will see you on Fri, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. for the Valentine/pizza party also hosted by the Aid members.

This week, Islesford celebrates Ashley Bryan’s return home from a family visit in Texas. On Tuesday, at Islesford Library’s coffee hour, Ashley joined Cindy and David Thomas, Anna Fernald, Paul Fernald, Skip Stevens, Mary Schuch, Malcolm Fernald, Katie Fernald, Jeff Pease, Barbara Caldwell-Pease, Lindsey Eysnogle and Marina Pickering for lively conversation and Cindy’s delicious gingerbread.

Winter weather can bring canceled ferries and shortened or missed shopping trips. To help bridge the gap, Islesford Neighborhood House hosts a food box with free items for anyone in need. Donations of shelf-stable items are welcome and appreciated.

In honor of Black History Month, Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, both Cranberry Isles post offices offer the new Black Heritage Series stamp. The stamp features legendary entertainer Gregory Hines. Esteemed for his unique style of tap dancing, Hines won a best actor Tony, an outstanding actor Image Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.

While this week’s local temperatures have been milder than polar vortex dips across the country, people of Islesford appreciate those who clear the roads and docks along with the captains and crews of the ferries for making sure residents can safely attend daily business.

On Valentine’s Day, between noon and 2 p.m., the staff and students of the Cranberry Isles School plan to show some community appreciation with their “We Love Our Community Luncheon” at the Islesford Neighborhood House. The school will provide a light luncheon and, while it is not necessary, guests may bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Special thanks to Sally Rowan for the opportunity to serve the community as the Islesford columnist, for her distinguished example and for her continuing guidance. Best wishes to her in her future endeavors.

For sweetheart month, happiest birthday wishes to Stefanie Alley on Feb. 7, Danielle McCormick on Feb. 11 and to Miklos Pogany and Cary Samuel who will celebrate birthdays on Valentine’s Day.

Many happy returns of the day to Tim Shiro on Feb. 18 and if you see Wesley “Jr.” Bracy on Feb. 19, make sure and wish him a very Happy birthday.

“I can pass to you

Generations of roses in this wrinkled berry.

There: now hold in your hand a race

Of summer gardens. it lies under centuries

Of petals.”

Christopher Fry (1907-2005), English poet and playwright.

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Barbara Caldwell-Pease 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]
Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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