“One Good Thing about America,” a novel for ages 8-12 by Robin Freeman, has been named a 2018 Golden Kite Honor Book by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This is the only children’s literary award judged by peers. The award ceremony will be held in New York City in early February. The publication date is March 30.
Freeman teaches English language learners at an elementary school. She is the author of two books illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith, “Bedtime!,” a National Council of Social Studies Notable book, and “Hairdo: What We Do and Did to Our Hair,” which Kirkus Reviews called “a cut above.” She also is the author of two books illustrated by John O’Brien, “How Sweet It Is (and Was): The History of Candy” and “Underwear: What We Wear Under There,” voted a Children’s Choice Finalist for 3rd-4th Grade Book of the Year.
Robin is the niece of Mickey MacFarlan and works at the Cranberry Island Library several days a week during the summer months. Congratulations, Robin, and have fun in New York.
Tuesday’s coffee at the library included David Thomas, Ted Spurling, Malcolm Fernald and Mary E. Schuch; Skip Stevens showed up later, Sally Rowan after him. Cindy’s lemon cake, from Soos Valdina’s recipe, was delicious. Cindy had to take only the plate home.
Thursday’s music night was at Islesford Neighborhood House. A small turnout: Kaitlyn Duggan, Amy Palmer, Ted Spurling, and Skip Stevens practiced four-part harmony, a couple of old hymns and “Longtime Traveller,” a song by The Wailin’ Jennys.
Sunday was a church day. January and February are every-other-week months so Tom Powell can spend time with his wife, Becca, their son Lewis and their newborn twins, Padraig and Brigid. March will go back to weekly services (weather permitting, of course). There were eight who came to church on Islesford. We’re six weeks past the earliest sunset, so it’s still light when the afternoon boat takes Tom home.
Jeri Spurling went to the Dominican Republic. She said they may have solar power on the school roof soon, which would reduce, if not eliminate, problems they have had with electricity. Well done, Jeri, and welcome home.
More snow fell this week, showing deer footprints across front yards. Several crossed a backyard then made their way up the side of the house. Steady footprints became jumbled at the cherry tree, and again at the berry bush shortly closer to the street. They then headed to the next yard for more munchies.
Kiss January goodbye! Next week will be February. Time really is “an ever-rolling stream.” Early February is the halfway mark between the solstice in December and equinox in March. And there’s a full moon on Jan. 31. Poor February won’t have one, but March also will have two.
Weather permitting, Kelly Thurlow of Kel’s Kutz will be at the Cranberry Island Community Center to trim up your mid-winter manes on Monday, Jan. 29, from 12-3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.
A Planning Board meeting will be held at the Great Cranberry Island Community Center on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will hold its annual make-your-own-Valentine party on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. with afterschool snacks and all the materials needed to make this year’s Valentines for family and friends. All are welcome to come have a snack and join the fun. The Ladies Aid will pay postage for any valentines made that are being mailed. Hope to see you then.
Quote of the week: “There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you … . In spring, summer and fall, people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.” — Ruth Stout, author (1884-1980)
Happy birthday wishes to Rick Cegalis on Feb. 7 and to Jackson Knox Spangler and Herman Savage on Feb. 9. Nellie Horvath will celebrate on Feb. 12 and Tarnya Sanborn on Feb. 13. May the whole month be a celebration for you all.