The children of Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry islands returned to the Ashley Bryan School last Tuesday. It was a great opportunity for the parents and community to encourage the students. A large crowd turned out.
In keeping with tradition, the teachers asked the group to say what their hopes were for the school year. Team work, learning, community and having fun were some of the words offered as goals. After a large poster paper was filled with encouragements, Audrey Noether read them all. She also led the group in reciting one of Ashley Bryan‘s poems. He was not able to attend this year. The time came for all the students to line up from youngest to oldest. Lauren Gray, one of the teachers, announced the names of the students as they ran up the school steps. The community watched and clapped as they all lined up on the porch for another photo. Before the group left, we were offered a tour of the two-room schoolhouse. There are a hallway where the kids hang their backpacks, two large classrooms, a small classroom and a bathroom. The rooms are filled with desks and posters, all the tools for learning. All of the students looked happy to start the new school year.
Congratulations to Gretchen Blank for winning the Stanley Cup ‘Employee of the Year’ award at the Islesford Dock. C’mon back next year, Gretchen.
So far, the fate of the ferry service to the Cranberry Isles is still uncertain. Some kind of transition will be made. The Municipal Advisory Commission (MAC) is working on options. The next meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. at the Cranberry House on Great Cranberry Island. There also will be a special town meeting on Oct. 24. This meeting might be an opportunity for the town to vote on the options presented by the MAC if they come up with something by then. One option is for the town to buy Beal & Bunker’s boat and run it as a department of the town like a bus system in a city. The other option is for the town to do nothing and hope that it all works out. There are plenty of interested buyers, so it is likely that service will remain the same, perhaps with a price increase. The next few months should prove to be very interesting.
Henry Isaacs and Ashley Bryan are hosting their week of painting classes. The initial weather was lovely, with clouds and possible rain/thunderstorm later in the week. Good art will come in any of the weather, as will good conversation as the artists get to know each other. Enjoyment will be found at the Islesford Dock tables at meal times.
Autumn isn’t here yet by calendar, but the mail boat schedule has gone to four runs. It now leaves Northeast Harbor at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and leaves Islesford at 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Afternoon departures from Northeast are at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and from Islesford at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Great Cranberry is halfway in each direction.
The actual equinox is Sept. 26, with both sunrise and sunset at 6:24. Time to get out the sweaters if they ever were put away this cooler than usual summer.
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 Jennifer Walls at [email protected]