Flotilla honored Alley

Richard “Chuddy” Alley’s memorial service was on Sunday morning. Sunbeam came from Ellsworth, bringing some people from MDI to Great Cranberry. Cari Alley thanked those who came to the Flotilla for Chuddy: Pastor Thomas Powell and Douglas Cornman helped arrange the details; the captain of Sunbeam led the flotilla; Amanda Bracy, Julie Blank Olearcek and Hank Olearcek were the honor guard and did the flag folding ceremony. Thanks “to Richard Howland and Natasha Olearcek for helping Cari with the speeches and sending your voices over the water.” Amy Gifford Palmer helped Cari set up and take down at the Islesford Neighborhood House, where the reception was held, and thanked all who were at and involved with the reception, whether by supplying something or helping in various ways. “Most of all, thank you to the Alley Family … I think Gramp would have been proud.”

The flotilla included close to 40 boats. The water at Islesford is not deep enough for Sunbeam, so the two islands met at Great Cranberry, where the flotilla started. Cory Alley, Chuddy’s grandson, was the first boat behind Sunbeam. The route was from the Great Cranberry harbor area, out toward Sutton Island, turning toward Islesford and circling back to Great Cranberry’s Johnson Cove. Boats were all sizes, from Cory’s lobster boat to small outboards. A wreathe was put in the water, along with Chuddy’s ashes, and many people from the flotilla boats put flowers in the water.

At the very end of the day, the full moon rose, and shortly after rising, was in the lunar eclipse. The sky was clear, and as the earth’s shadow took over the moon’s light, more and more stars came out. The full eclipse lasted a long time, then the moon moved out of the shadow and the island roads were easily seen.

So many summer residents already have left for the season. It has become much quieter at the dock. Hitty’s cafe and the museum will be closed after Columbus Day. Cezar Ferreira has had a great season running Hitty’s Cafe. There was a slow start to the season with all the rain in June, but he has kept busy.

Michael Westphal ran the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Half Marathon last Saturday and finished 18th out of 365 runners in a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes. Congratulations, Mike.

The town of Cranberry Isles won first prize again this year for the 2014 town report. This honor was awarded by the Maine Municipal Association. The town report is a collaboration of all the organizations on both islands a lot of work by a few dedicated citizens makes it possible. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.

Letitia “Tish” Baldwin and her husband, Bentley, and daughters Blue and Skye invite one and all to an open house at their island home on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 1-5 p.m. in memory of Mike Baldwin, who died Nov. 3, 2014, in Vero Beach, Fla. Refreshments will be served.

Islesford is undergoing construction and serious repair at three separate locations. This is not the regular end-of-summer/autumn routine.

Project No. 1: Main Street is being rebuilt from Mosswood Road past the school and around to a short distance beyond Back Road. The whole road as we knew it was removed and the earth surface flattened out, and it’s been a more stable walking surface since the removal. There’s been work done underneath what will be the road’s surface, including pipes for better drainage to keep the street stable in winter weather and/or hard rain storms.

Project No. 2: The town dock stairs and the platform at the bottom are being rebuilt. Alas, they’re still wood and don’t have the floor-heating system to keep them thawed and our feet warm. The far end of the platform will provide safer access to the mail boat or commuter boat when the tide is so low that they can’t tie up along the regular side. The construction boat has been tied up along the stairs, so the ramp and floats are still in use, but it looks like it won’t be much longer.

Project No. 3: The water tank is being put in at the town field to hold a supply of salt water for fire fighting. The tank is underground and will not bother picnics or sports.

The audiologist is coming to Great Cranberry the morning of Oct. 2 and Islesford in the afternoon. Look for the signup sheets, sign up and get your free hearing test.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 26, any vehicle with a 2015 Northeast Harbor (NEH) or Manset (MAN) sticker could park in the main Cranberry Isles lot in Northeast Harbor, no assigned spaces. The last day for the Cranberry Cove ferry to Manset and Southwest Harbor is Thursday, Oct. 1. If you have only a JOY sticker, you will need to continue using the Joy Road lot until Oct. 15; after Oct. 15, you can move to the main parking lot. Call the town office at 244-4475 with any questions about parking.

On Islesford this week, Noah Pogany will blow out candles on Oct. 5. Christopher Fernald will celebrate on Oct. 6, and Skip Stevens will finish the 3-day straight run with his birthday on Oct. 7. Happy birthday!

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 Jennifer Walls at [email protected]




Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

We look forward to reporting 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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