Damon, Kuester to graduate firefighter academy

Katelyn Damon and Jake Kuester will graduate at 6 p.m. this Saturday, May 30, from the Hancock County Firefighter’s Academy. They will be municipally certified as interior firefighters in the State of Maine. Completing ProBoard testing in June will certify them at the national level of NFPA I and II firefighters. The graduation celebration will be at the Ellsworth High School.

James Amuso writes: I’d like to take the time to thank all the Islesford volunteer fire fighters, Chief Richard Howland, Asst. Chief Jeremy Alley and fire fighters Katelyn Damon, Cory Alley and Ted Spurling, who took the time today to deliver pumps, hoses and other miscellaneous wildland firefighting equipment to Sutton Island today. A big thank you to Cory Alley for transporting us.

The final track meet of the year was at Bucksport on Wednesday, May 20. Events involving Beatrice Amuso and Marla Walls were discus and several running distances. Discus included 5th/6th grade, in which Beatrice threw it 44 feet and was in 2nd place. In the 7th/8th grade group, Marla threw it 39.05 feet. In 5th/6th grade running, Bea ran the 50-meter race in 9.20 seconds and the 100-meter race in 17.27 seconds. In 7th/8th grade, Marla ran 100 meters in 16.82 seconds and the 1600-meter (mile) in 7.48 minutes. Thank you, Melissa Amuso, for all your time running and working with them!

The Cranberry House opened Saturday. It was a big success. Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, the Cranberry Island Historical Society will have another great year. The Cranberry House holds a museum that features historical artifacts from island life. There is also a large room upstairs where movie night is hosted each week. I’m looking forward to the other events planned for this summer. Hitty’s CafĂ© also has opened.

This year, the Ashley Bryan School has two eighth graders who will graduate and move on to high school next year. The school has a special night planned June 11. The night will start with a potluck supper at the neighborhood house, followed by a slideshow of Marla and Brenna through the years. Both students will give a presentation and a speech. Then the community will be invited to share thoughts and memories about the graduates. The night will end with the presentation of the diplomas. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Island life is buzzing. It has really come alive in the past few weeks. Even the ferry boat has been full. Arrive early so you can get a good seat.

Carol Smith Hathaway starts the Islesford birthdays on June 2. Susie McNamee and Phoebe Gray join her on June 3. Rick Alley and Meg Stevens share June 4, and Brigette Olearcek adds one on June 5.

Happy 10th anniversary to Roy and Nan Hadlock on June 4.

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]


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