Future of ferry service in question



After 43 years, the Bunker family is retiring from the mailboat/ferry/barge business. David Bunker has Sea Queen back in the water (Welcome home!), and he plans to sell the boats and business. He is giving the town of Cranberry Isles the first opportunity to buy, and if they don’t make an offer, who knows who will buy it? This could mean some big changes for the town of Cranberry Isles.

There was an inter-island meeting at Islesford to look at what, if any, changes could be made with a new boat system. The Transportation Task Force, Jim Fortune (assistant to the board of selectmen), Skip Stevens, Chris White, Ron Axelrod, Cory Duggan, Paul Thorman, Sam Donald and Selectmen Joy Sprague and Richard Beal, were up front. Ron Axelrod, Cory Duggan and transportation consultant Charles Norris made the initial presentations of ideas, different possible changes were discussed, and the task force will present specific plans this fall. Charles Norris answered a good number of questions. There is a more detailed description of the elsewhere in the Islander.

Lauren Simmons and Josh Gray had a beautiful wedding Saturday, Aug. 30. The groom and best man arrived at the Newman and Gray Boatyard by boat. The wedding guests were seated facing the water in the boatyard. Lauren and her bridesmaids arrived aboard Shangri-La. Music played as the ladies started the long walk up the pier. After the ceremony, the bride and groom took a sunset cruise on Shangri-La. The guests enjoyed a dinner of lobster or chicken and music from a live band. The reception lasted till late in the evening. The entertainment included a colorful display of fireworks.

The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation will host a Meet-the-Artists Program at the Cranberry House Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m.

Phil Whitney will present another Cranberry Isles Historical Slides Show at the Cranberry House Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Renovations to the Longfellow school continue. While the front deck is under construction, entrance to the library can be gained by going around the back of the building.

A 14-year-old girl was left stranded on the dock Monday morning. What was supposed to be her first day of school as a freshman at MDI High School didn’t turn out as she had expected. Marla Walls was excited to attend freshman orientation, so excited that we arrived 15 minutes before Elizabeth T was due to arrive. The captain, though, never stopped at Great Cranberry Island. It looked like he was pulling up, but instead, he just drove off. We tried to get his attention to no avail. Marla did get to school on time. Captain Brandon was taking Audrey Nother and Barbra Myers to Northeast Harbor and agreed take Marla as well. Audrey, Marla’s teacher from last year, gave her a ride to school. It is a great comfort to know that when problems come up, the island community looks out for one another. Carl Brunner assured me that the commuter boat will stop at Great Cranberry every morning in the future. New adventures like high school don’t always have a smooth start. But with patience, almost anything can be worked out.

We’ve had several nights of a very full moon. It doesn’t usually stay so full for more than a couple of nights.

Have a good Labor Day weekend. Take a deep breath for the change of seasons and the “regular” times returning wherever you are. The annual Opening Day traditions will be alive and well next Tuesday, when school opens on Islesford.

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 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]
Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

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