Dinner fed bodies, spirits

This past Saturday evening was the Ladies Aid Columbus Day (also known as Indigenous People’s Day) dinner. The community center was packed with islanders, year-rounders and those who came for a last weekend before the winter hits. The space was filled with warmth and chatter as everyone ate the delicious food. There was so much wonderfully cooked turkey, and everyone seemed to love the mashed potatoes, but lots of salad was left over, tsk tsk. A very special thank you goes to Eileen for helping to organize this community event that is the highlight of the year for many, and to all those who came to help volunteer with the setting up, cooking and cleaning. Where would we be as a community without you all?

The Mount Desert Island Junior High Cross-Country Invitational was on Oct. 3, and the MDI teams won both the boys’ and girls’ championships. Congratulations and thanks to all the Cranberry Isles runners who participated. Well done, MDI, and thank you for including kids from Islesford.

Extra pats on the back go to Patrick Mocarsky for a 2nd-place ribbon and Cooper Sumner for a 17th-place ribbon.

The next meet is set for Thursday, Oct. 13, in Hancock.

Barb Fernald posted: Calm before the storm? A mild week inspired an easy October dip on Oct. 3. The air temp was 63 degrees, the water temp 56 degrees. Probably the warmest water we’ll see until September 2017. Congrats to all dip-of-the-month members for completing 14 years this month.

The flu shot was given at Islesford on Monday evening and Great Cranberry on Tuesday morning. After she gave more than 25 shots on Islesford, Sharon Daley and the health committee members there had some pizza and caught up with each other and talked about what’s next. Thanks to Stefanie Alley and Cindy Thomas for organizing the evening.

The trees leaves are just starting to burst with bright colors, enchanting even the most preoccupied passerby. With crisp fall air, the landscape changing color in the mountains, and apples falling from trees, we know fall is officially here. Apples are being collected to be stored, eaten and baked into delicious pies by human islanders, and the island deer seem to be enjoying these nutritious snacks just as much. Apple season is one of the couple of times of the year foragers go bananas with endless bounties of fruit bushels.

Oct. 16 is the day of the MDI marathon, and many islanders from GCI and Islesford will be running it. So make sure to put some warm cider in a thermos and get over to MDI to watch the race and cheer on runners. GCI islander and marathon founder Gary Allen has asked the inspirational islander Mike Westphal to be the special guest speaker for the second time at the marathon pre-race dinner. This has been an exciting past couple years for Mike, having spoken at the Team Fox MVP Dinner last April before the Boston Marathon.

For those creatively inclined islanders out there, there are requests for submissions.

The GCI library is reaching out to the community for a logo design. They are accepting design ideas until Jan. 1. Designs can be made in any medium and submitted either to Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or 978-870-5939, or to Ingrid Gaither at the GCI library during library hours. The library would like a logo to include “Great Cranberry Island Library” and images or elements relating to life on an island, such as boats, rocks, water, etc., and books, of course. The library would really love for the design to come from a community member, as opposed to a commissioned design from an outside source. All ideas welcome.

“The Island Reader” is making its 11th volume and is looking for any islander from any residency of any age to submit digitally up to three pieces of creative work in any medium (photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, prose, poetry, essays, etc.) by the deadline of Dec. 1 for the summer “Saltwater” issue. Send poetry to [email protected], all other writing to [email protected] and photos/artwork to [email protected].

Islesford birthdays this week include Katya Mocarsky on Oct. 14 and Katelyn Damon on Oct. 18.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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, email Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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