Early November storm brought out the best

Some news that wasn’t in the paper week before last, with many apologies:

First, many many thanks to Katelyn Damon for all the time she put in getting the Emera power company workers out to Great Cranberry and Islesford. The town lost power on Sunday, Nov. 2; the Emera team was able to restore power to Great Cranberry on Thursday, Nov. 6, but Islesford’s lights blew again immediately on being connected. Emera returned on Friday and was successful. The phones returned on Saturday. Many people were glad to have cell phones all week. Katelyn, Cindy Thomas, Serena Spurling, Nan Hadlock, Jim Parrish, Sally Rowan and Denise McCormick met on Friday, Nov. 21, to talk about what had happened, what islanders can do to help each other, and who is known to have or need power generators.

Thanks also to the island fire department for providing a generator for the Ladies’ Parlor at Islesford Neighborhood House on election day! Nan Hadlock, Hannah Folsom and Melissa Caitlyn McCormick were able to stay mostly thawed while they were at the desk, providing voters with ballots and the box to put them in. Paper ballots seem so old fashioned, but Maryland had some machines which changed the voters’ choices, making the old paper voting system much more reliable!

The Ashley Bryan School met through most of the week by going off island to see other schools and other field trips. They spent Thursday at the old Town Hill School – can anyone show it on a map? Friday, they went to Great Cranberry and used the Longfellow School. The high school lost power for three days after the storm and will make up two of those days the Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week. They didn’t like the idea of no snow days available by the end of November and having to add snow-day replacements in June as happened last year.

Michael Poole Baldwin, who loved Little Cranberry Island and spent many summers there, died Monday, Nov. 3, at Vero Beach, Fla. He was 54 and loved the ocean all through his life. He worked at different boat yards and was active sailing in different roles.

Michael (“Mike”) was predeceased by his parents, Roger and Mary Baldwin of Lincoln, Mass., and Islesford. He is survived by his sister, Letitia Baldwin, her husband, Bentley Howard of Gouldsboro Point, and their twin daughters, Blue and Skye; as well as his former wife, Ruth Baldwin of Eddington. Mike will be buried next summer on Islesford; there will also be a memorial service.

In memory of Mike, contributions may be made to the island’s nonprofit sailing program LCYC (Little Cranberry Yacht Club – Community Sailing and Education Foundation), c/o Jenny Bright, 840 Micheltorena St., Los Angeles, CA 90026; or, to the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Great Cranberry Island, ME 04625. A more extensive article about Mike Baldwin can be found in the obituary section of the paper.

Cranberry Isles Health Care Committee & the Maine Sea Coast Mission presented a discussion about alternative medicine with Dr. Tanya Hanke, Hanke works at MDI Hospital’s office in Southwest Harbor’s Community Health Center.

The Elder Care Conference, another of the Maine Sea Coast Mission’s inter-island health projects, was held this year on Islesboro. Cindy Thomas, Stefanie Alley, Karin Whitney, and Tom and Becca Powell went from TCI.

The Seaside Playhouse will reopen for the Christmas season the weekend after Thanksgiving. Both Christmas and family movies will be shown every weekend through New Year’s. We hope to host both matinees and evening shows. Please check the movie posters around the community for the schedule.

The first Sunday of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas, will be this coming Sunday, Nov. 30. On the first three Wednesdays of Advent, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, there will be a service of morning prayer, with communion available afterwards. The service will begin at 7 a.m. at the Islesford Congregational Church; those from Great Cranberry can come over on the 6:15 a.m. commuter boat. The service ends in plenty of time to get to the 8:15 a.m. mail boat.

We are closing in on the year’s earliest sunset. It sets at 3:55 p.m. from Dec. 7-10, and by New Year’s Eve, we’ll have gained back eleven noticeable minutes. On Dec. 30, the sunrise is as late as it will be, 7:07 a.m., and will remain stuck there until January 5. Old Man Winter won’t be thinking about packing up yet, but the sun will be back in our favor.

Katie Morse Fernald‘s birthday was Nov. 15 – belated happy birthday, Katie! And happy birthday to Erin Fernald Gray as she chalks up another year on December 3.

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]
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