A sense of renewed hopefulness enveloped the Cranberry Isles over the weekend. From last Friday through the beginning of this week, sunshine and daytime temperatures near 50 graced the islands. Don’t take our word for it, though, watch the Ashely Bryan Students’ official weekend forecast at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkYp_O9nLeo. The islands bustled with activity. The air was filled with the sound of spring — neighbors calling out to one another, laughter and ringing hammers joined the cry of gulls and the surf’s gentle roar.
There were more than a few sore arms, however, due to what was the probably the best–attended event, at least on Islesford, in the last few months — the Seacoast Mission’s second COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Everyone over 18 on both islands, who wanted the vaccination on island and who registered with Douglas Cornman, received the first dose of the Moderna vaccination on Friday. Despite rough seas, prompting the cancellation of the morning commuter boat, the Seacoast Mission crew arrived on Little Cranberry first, setting up operations in the Neighborhood House, with the help of Katelyn Damon. The mission crew included John Zavodny (Mission president and vaccination registrar), Douglas Cornman (Mission director of island services and Maine immunization information system vaccination recorder), Sharon Daley, R.N. (Mission director of health services and lead nurse) and Maureen Griffith, R.N. (visiting nurse). By 8:45 a.m., people were lined up outside while others were already completing their post-inoculation 15-minute wait in the main hall. Sharon and Maureen handled the clinic with ease, including one young lady with trypanophobia (fear of needles). The vaccinations were painless and those in the waiting area, socially distanced and masked, of course, were discussing their plans after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. Many were looking forward to finally visiting family, especially grandchildren.
The crew moved on to Great Cranberry in the afternoon, setting up in the Ladies Aid Community Center. By all accounts, the vaccination clinic went smoothly there, as well. Everyone looks forward to receiving their second dosage in April. A huge thank you to the Seacoast Mission for their wonderful work!
Happy birthday to Dan Lief on March 26. On March 27, happy birthday wishes go to Steve Palmer. Happy birthday, on March 28, to Chris Diaz. Happy birthday to Owen Roberts and twins, Janice Strout and Jennifer Westphal, on March 29. On March 31, happy birthday to Kelly Fernald and to one of Islesford’s favorite weather guys/delivery boys, Wyatt Alley.
Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. — Doug Larson.
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