EMTs learn new skills

The Islesford Neighborhood House hosted the EMT presentation of PEARS (pediatric emergency assessment recognition and stabilization) on Saturday, April 29. Theresa Benner Cousins came over from Southwest Harbor to teach new skills and refresh old ones. Tom and Becca Powell, Mary E. Schuch, David Rackliff, Kelly Smith Sanborn and Katelyn Damon put aside their Saturday to participate. Thanks to all for continuing training and giving up time for their volunteer positions, not only for training but to help those in need 24-7.

Congratulations to Ashley Bryan, who received the 2017 Lupine Award at the Augusta Civic Center on Thursday, April 27. The Maine Library Association’s Youth Services Section Interest Group began the award in 1989, adding honor books in 1993. Since 2005, the award has included two categories: Picture Book and Juvenile/Young Adult, each with one winner and one honor recipient. The Maine Library Association explains the award is “designed to honor a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine, as shown through the work’s characterization, plot or setting. An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year.

“Miss Rumphius,” by Barbara Cooney, the beloved Maine author and artist, was the inspiration for the Lupine award. It is the story of great-aunt Alice Rumphius, who, as a little girl, loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places and wished to do something to make the world more beautiful.”

Carol Ann Bracy French was selling books at the Augusta Civic Center and was delighted to chat with Ashley.

Tony Archino posted for Islesford Boatworks to welcome the newest member of their staff: Oliver Blank! Oliver has participated in the program for several years and was the apprentice last year. As program assistant this year, he will help teach the younger kids. Congratulations, Oliver. Boatworks announcements are a sign that summer really is coming and we will be able to put snow shovels away in the not too distant future.

Phew! April was running out, but on Saturday, April 29, the dip of the month finally happened for three of the four dippers. Stefanie Alley already had dipped; Cindy Thomas, Joy Sprague and Barb Shirey Fernald got together Saturday afternoon. The air temperature was about 60 degrees, water 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring is springing; these were warmer temperatures than they’ve seen in awhile. Barb wrote, “We celebrate spring and our windless afternoon by going in three times.”

In anticipation of the opening of the Preble-Marr Museum and Hitty’s Cafe on Memorial Day weekend, the Cranberry House Operations Committee met this weekend to complete many tasks required to keep things on track.

Gardeners on the islands are hoping the old dictum is true, that “April showers bring May flowers.” With almost a week straight of rain, the soil is too saturated to work with, the structure too malleable. Although seeds await planting, patience is necessary to avoid compaction. Blair Colby recently tilled one of the Island Ecology Project gardens to help the girls get a head start on the upcoming season. Although some changes in structure can be anticipated with Jessi Duma enrolled in school, Sarah McCracken, Kayla Gagnon and Page Hill are ready to do what they can to make fresh produce and herbs available to the community on GCI for a third year. The girls hope to continue to strengthen the community’s connection to the land not only by making local food available on GCI but also through education. Kayla and Sarah will offer their first talk on local medicinal herbs at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All those interested are encouraged to email Sarah at [email protected] or reply to the Facebook post on the Cranberry Isles Information Page.

Ben Sumner will read Southern folk tales at the Cranberry House this Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m.

The Seaside Playhouse will host a fundraiser movie showing to benefit the eighth-grade spring class trip on Thursday, May 11. Stay tuned to see what movie will be shown.

Karen Smallwood will have a birthday cake on May 5. Rick Benjamin will blow out candles on May 8. Dan Lunt will celebrate on May 10, followed by Fiona Stanley on May 12. Happy birthday to all!

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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