The Daughters of the American Revolution held a meeting and awards ceremony at Cranberry House on June l for Gaile Colby, who was presented a 40th anniversary membership award. A number of Cranberry Islanders attended to help honor Gaile. The DAR members had such a good time that they expressed interest in having a meeting every year at Cranberry House.
The 2018 Cranberry Isles track team had a great season. Cooper Sumner, an eighth-grader, was invited to the Almquist Invitational, a regional championship. Only seventh- and eighth-graders get to compete at Almquist as part of the Mount Desert team. Cooper placed eighth in shot put out of 28 athletes. A celebration and awards ceremony were held at Longfellow School on Friday, June 1, where Coach Ric Gaither presented trophies and praised each athlete for a great season. Cupcakes and watermelon were served to the students, family and friends attending.
Chris Sandberg has suggested checking with your island insurance provider to see that they know work was done for a better fire safety certification. The island fire rating was lowered from 10 to nine. Check with your insurance to see if they know the rating has been lowered and if your own rate improves.
The Little Cranberry Lobster shop is now open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A lot is there, from food to sweatshirts/T-shirts to juice to hats to a variety of ice cream to a bag made by Cindy Thomas to carry everything home.
The Islesford Dock Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. Saturday and Sunday, it also is open for brunch and lunch.
The summer solstice is bearing down on us. Next week, June 13-15, the 4:46 a.m. sunrise will be the earliest of the year. A couple of weeks from now, June 24-28, the 8:23 p.m. sunset will be the latest.
A “cherry spitting contest” will be held on the Cranberry House lawn on Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Hosted by our Southern gal Darlene Sumner, come and find out what this is all about — and position yourself upwind.
Laurie Dobson will host a gardening talk at Cranberry House Arts Center on Wednesday, June 13, at 4 p.m. An acupuncture talk hosted by Colleen Bunker will follow at 7 p.m.
The Beal & Bunker boat schedule will change on the third Monday of June to the summer schedule. “Summer,” we have been waiting to use that word.
The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will hold a meeting at the Community Center on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. to discuss summer activities and fair preparations. A reminder to all that the Ladies Aid Fair will be held on Aug. 8 this year. Hope to see you there.
Great Cranberry Isles Library June hours are Monday from 12-4 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wireless printing and use of a laptop is available in the library hallway 24 hours a day. The annual book and bake sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at a time to be announced. The library’s auction will be held Monday, July 30, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This is a biannual library event.
Birthday celebrations on Cranberry kept residents happy and well fed last week. Balloons at the Cranberry General Store announced the birthday festivities planned for Pauline Bunker‘s 91st. With cake, hugs, photo ops and a tall tale or two, the community gathered to give their best wishes to a woman known well and loved by all. Our second celebration took place at the home of Bob Hudson and Laurie Dobson, as friends met to share a meal of salmon and seven-layer chocolate cake made by Bob to say “happy birthday” to Laurie.
Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Isabel Weimer on June 1, Kenneth McCafferty and Holly Stanley on June 2, Henry Thomas St. Germain on June 4 and Brendan Harlan on June 5. Happy birthday to Louise Akers on June 8. Fisher Michael Curran’s birthday is on June 9. Blowing out the candles on June 11 will be Cassie Savage and Cory Duggan. Wanda Porter has a birthday on June 12; Barbara Hathaway and Isaac Krasnow will blow out candles on June 13, as will Rosie Silvers. Selectman Richard Beal has his birthday on June 14. June 16 has two celebrants, Jacob Matthew Shaw Benson and Jim Gertmenian.
Quote of the week: “As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” — Buddy Hackett, comedian (1924-2003)