We regret to inform you of the passing of another well-loved member of our small community. Virginia “Gina” Murray passed away peacefully at the age of 92 at her home in Brunswick. Gina had been receiving visitors making stops to say hello and extending holiday greetings before Thanksgiving. Although not unexpected at her age, Gina’s passing had not been preceded by illness. She died in her own bed as her family made preparations for the Thanksgiving feast to come. No fuss or drama, so like Gina. We will miss her smile, which was never-ending, her appreciation for all things, her creativity and her love for her family and friends. She loved Cranberry and her home on Jimmies Point. She was a dear friend of mine, and I will miss her. Gina is survived by her daughters, Mimi and Kit, and her sons Paul and Nick, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gina was predeceased by her husband and by her son Peter. Auf wiedersehen mein Freund, ich werde Dich zutiefst vermissen Gina. No information of services is known at the time of this writing.
The December edition of “Down East” magazine has a wonderful article on the Cranberry Isles! It includes Joy Sprague, Tom and Becca Powell and a number of others talking about living on the islands.
Some of the island’s travelers were going south on I-95 and were passed by a pick-up truck with an ATV in the back, along with what looked like deer antlers and a hoof. They pulled up and passed the truck, and sure enough, it was venison-in-waiting. It was not an expected sight on the highway! The driver must have been happy!
Anthony Henry Archino, better known as Tony, has been named executive director of Islesford Boatworks. Congratulations, Tony!
Barb Fernald will be at the Island Arts Association’s 40th Annual Holiday Craft Fair this weekend, Dec. 5-6th. Birthday or holiday shopping, anyone?
Melissa McCormick works at the Cranberry General Store. Melissa takes requests from Islesford neighbors, and Hollie Stanley makes and sends things over. They provided Thanksgiving pies, complete with ice cream for those wanting it à la mode. Thank you, Melissa and Hollie! For family occasions, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s are coming … and there are always birthdays.
The Cranberry Island Community Potluck Dinner began around 9 a.m. with the arrival of Mark Alley at the Ladies Aid building with all the necessary ingredients for the baking of a 26-pound turkey. This large bird was to feed the group of Cranberry residents who would be arriving at 4 p.m. to share the holiday meal with neighbors and friends. The dinner has been an annual event for several years now and is greatly appreciated and enjoyed by those who attend. The president of the Aid, her son Kenneth Mccafferty, Gretchen Westphal and Mark sat the tables to accommodate 20 guests. Those attending were Mark Alley, the Gaither family accompanied by Ric Gaither’s sister , the Walls family, Arvard Savage and Gaile Colby, Blair Colby, Kenneth McCafferty and his mother Eileen, Pauline Bunker, John French and Tiffany Tate. Thank you to all who contributed to this gathering, and we will see you next year, same time, same place.
Phil and Karin Whitney hosted their annual Thanksgiving get-together with those attending anticipating Karin’s excellent menu. With the approaching storm and the cancellation of the Thanksgiving boats, plans were a bit iffy for some as the holiday drew near. The weather cooperated enough for some to take their own boats to be with family on the mainland.
The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 12-3 p.m. at the Community Center with many new items as well as the tried and true. 2015 calendars and Ladies Aid cookbooks are still in stock, as are clothing, canvas bags, hats and aprons with the Ladies Aid logo of the five islands which make up the town. Food, fun and a delicious luncheon of fish chowder, minestrone soup, breads, crackers and brownie sundaes for dessert only cost $10. Stop by, say hello and finish up that holiday shopping on island this year.
Happy birthday to Rebecca “Becky” Sanborn on Dec. 1 and Kevin Buck on Dec. 4. Grace Houghton and Jeanne Smith celebrate their birthdays Dec. 6. Eliza Greenman plays catch-up on Dec. 7. Christa Porcaro celebrates on Dec. 9, and our own Ruth Westphal, who just left for Missouri to spend the winter with her daughter Sarah and family, will celebrate the same day. Heather Spurling adds another one on Dec. 10, the same day Paul Leibow will have his cake. Everett Beers and Tom Watson share Dec. 12 as their birthday. Many happy returns of the day to you all and Merry Christmas – do you know where your shovel is?