Cranberry Isles: Surfing the storm

Last Friday, in advance of Hurricane Dorian, many Cranberry Isles residents took small boats out of the water and the Cranberry Cove Ferry cancelled runs.

While hearts go out to the people of the Bahamas and Atlantic Canada seriously impacted by the storm, thankfully the Cranberry Islands took no serious damage. On Islesford, weather caused early closure of the co-op store. It brought waves large enough to attract locals and at least one practiced surfer to Gilley Beach. By Sunday, sunny skies prevailed, once again.

The Islesford book group will meet at Ellie Miller’s house on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. The group is reading “The Round House” by Louise Erdich.

The community is invited to a Lobster and Solar Celebration at Islesford Co-op on Sept. 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the form of a lobster roll picnic and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Co-op’s new solar array.

“Join the Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op, USDA Rural Development, College of the Atlantic, Sundog Solar, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, The Island Institute, Luke’s Lobster/Cape Seafood, students from surrounding island communities and congressional staff in celebrating the renewable energy system providing the co-op’s energy needs while keeping Cranberry Isles pristine. A complimentary chartered boat, the Sea Princess, will pick up passengers for the event at Northeast Harbor at 4 p.m.”

The Ashley Bryan Storyteller Pavilion has gone to autumn hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., until it closes for the season on Sept. 30.

Congratulations to Helen Merrill and Sharon Porch, winners of the benches in the Boatworks/Cranberry Isles Rescue Service raffle.

On Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon there will be household hazardous waste and universal waste collection at the LCI and GCI transfer stations. Forms and information are available at both transfer stations and various locations on the islands. Forms can also be found on the town’s website.

Boathouse Resale, now located next to the Great Cranberry Library, has changed its hours. It is now open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Happy birthday to twins Christina Bracy Farnsworth and Scott Bracy on Sept. 12. Happy anniversary to Emily and Robert Howell on Sept. 13. On Sept. 14, anniversary congratulations to Marya and Tor Goettsche-Spurling and to Dick and Kitty Pierson. Happy birthday, on Sept. 14, to Briggs Gray. Happy birthday to Xander Amuso and Kitty Pierson on Sept. 15. On Sept. 16, happy birthday to Lorraine Bracy. Happy birthday to Brenna Sullivan, Buzzy Day and Leslie Horvath on Sept. 17. Happy anniversary to Giddy and Steve Akers on Sept. 17. Happy birthday to Nicko Hadlock on Sept. 18.

“For my part, I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh

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

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