Cranberry Isles: Update your ferry schedules

Seasonal changes are the focus on the Cranberry Isles this week, with commuter services for the summer being transferred to Sail Acadia last week, and Beal & Bunker changing to the spring schedule.

The summer commuter leaves Great Cranberry at 6:15 a.m. and Little Cranberry at 6:30 a.m., arriving at Northeast Harbor at approximately 6:50 a.m. before continuing to Manset with passenger drop off around 7:15 a.m. Contact Sail Acadia for more information.

Beal & Bunker’s spring schedule goes from the first Monday in May to the second week of June. It leaves Northeast Harbor at 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m. The company posts their full schedule on the Beal & Bunker Facebook page.

Douglas Cornman was guest baker at last week’s library coffee hour, bringing blueberry crumb coffee cake and “dirt bombs,” described as donut-like cinnamon muffins. By all accounts, the treats were wonderful and the event was fun for those who came. Participants included Cindy Thomas, Anna Fernald, Ashley Bryan, Christina Spurling, Lindsay Eysnogle, Paul Fernald, River Gray, Zinnia Gray, Marina Pickering, Quinn Gray and others.

On Thursday, Cindy Thomas announced the library’s newest acquisitions: Ashley Bryan’s “Blooming Beneath the Sun,” “Someone Knows” by Lisa Scottoline, “An Elegant Defense” by Matt Richtel, “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See, “The First Lady” by James Patterson. There’s also “American Moon Shot” by Douglas Brinkley, “Malta Exchange” by Steve Berry and “Redemption” by David Baldacci.

On Friday, April 10, Jeri Spurling will be conducting an architecture workshop for children ages 10 and up at the Ashley Bryan School on Islesford.

In other school news, the track and field team, with Coach Ric Gaither, has been practicing for a few weeks. They recently competed in two meets. The last one was at Ellsworth Middle School. Congratulations to April Mocarsky who finished 19th out of 46 in the 100-meter dash, Jessica Sanborn who placed 15th and Carmen Walls who placed 23rd of 28 girls in shotput, Samson Gaither who took 5th place out of 23 in the discus and to Kariah Sumner who placed 2nd out of 7 in the discus. Coach Gaither said, “All the kids are doing great and enjoying the season, having a good time and have good attitudes.” Great work, team!

Friends and fowl have been seen on Cranberry over the past several weeks. While visiting the island in April, Laurie Wadsworth was lucky enough to spot a pileated woodpecker on one of the trees in front of Ruth Westphal’s home. Laurie pulled up to the side of the road to enjoy the rare sighting but, true to the island spirit, a passerby stopped to see if she needed assistance with her vehicle and scared the amazing woodpecker from his duties.

The woodpecker (or maybe just a close relative) was seen flying in the field next to the home of the late Mickey McFarlan. The large amounts of rain have created a pond of sorts in a depression in the field behind Eva Galyean’s home on Cranberry Road. Eva, having adopted a goose named Louise and three Indian Runner ducks, Mayo, Cilli and Bimbo, is no stranger to the care and feeding of the birds, but it seems as though she has been adopted this time. A pair of mallard ducks are nesting in the woods behind her home and make regular appearances to dip in the makeshift pond, visit with Eva and explore her backyard. The last sighting was a kingfisher that made a stop on one of the posts on Ward’s dock. All encouraging signs of spring.

There will be a meeting of the Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid on Wednesday, May 15, at 4:15 p.m. A final decision will be made for a Memorial Day Dinner with Colleen Bunker and Mark Alley, who will host this year. It’s certain with those two that the menu will be fabulous.

A very happy birthday to Ryan Field, Grace Hartley and Kate Valenta on May 9, to Eric Porcaro on May 10, to Greenley Helene Porter on May 12 and to Mike Westphal on May 13.

For everything you do and for everything you are, happiest Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers from the Cranberry Isles.

“A mother’s love is everything. It is what brings a child into this world. It is what molds their entire being. When a mother sees her child in danger, she is literally capable of anything. Mothers have lifted cars off their children, and destroyed entire dynasties. A mother’s love is the strongest energy known to man.” -Jamie McGuire

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

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