Health fair a real help

The Maine Sea Coast Mission and the Cranberry Isles Health Committee organized the Islesford Health Fair. From 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., we had access to many health subjects. Information about water/well testing came from Tara Young; Clare Dalton presented traditional acupuncture; Katelyn Damon took blood pressure and had information about fire safety, including giving smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms from Home Depot and the town’s contribution of $500; basic cholesterol, bone density and body composition information and measurements came from Mount Desert Island Hospital and the Health Center’s Amery Davis, Ben Billings and others. Kathy Murray had information about treatment for breast cancer, which strikes men as well as women; MDI hospital’s behavioral health center’s Martha had information on depression, which strikes men and women and children of all ages. Two types of massage were available. Thanks to Margaret Snell for her part in organizing the event and to the Health Care Committee, Cindy Thomas, Stefanie Alley, Karin Whitney, Ann Fernald, Serena Spurling, Sally Rowan, Joy Sprague, Jasmine Samuel, Ingrid Gaither, Tom Powell, Becca Powell and Jen Walls, for their work.

The Derolus family from the Dominican Republic came to Islesford. Jeri Spurling has done architectural work in the Dominican Republic for their ministry and work with Haitians. There was a potluck dinner at the Islesford Neighborhood House last Wednesday, with a special boat returning to Great Cranberry. Rosalie Kell came across from Great Cranberry and joined Sally Rowan, Skip Stevens, Jeri and Ted Spurling, Katya Mocarsky and her family, Tony Archino’s family, Lindsay Eysnogle and family and Cheryl Scholl for a good dinner of salads, lamb, pizza and a cake from Karen Smallwood. Thanks to Blair Colby for providing the boat service from Great. Apologies to those missed.

The Islesford Dock restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday. Lunch is served Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday Brunch is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is 5-9 p.m. Thanks to Cynthia and Dan Lief for this service to the island.

Missing from last week’s list of Islesford EMTs at the marathon is Mary E. Schuch.

Many exciting events are happening this summer. Peter Buchsbaum will resume his popular Nature Trail Walks with guided tours to Whistler Cove on July l and July 7. Saturday Family Matinee Movies will play at the Seaside Playhouse on Saturdays in July and August at 2 p.m. The first movie will be on July 2. The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation will present a “Meet the Artists” program at the Arts Center on Saturday, July 2, at 4:30 p.m.

Cranberry House will host its annual open house on Sunday, July 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come see the museum exhibits, enjoy a light lunch and attend historical programs hosted by Anne Grulich, Phil Whitney and Jessi Duma in the Arts Center. Bill Patterson will host a photography exhibit at the Arts Center daily from July 3 through July 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Helen Bertles will present a “Kids Art Studio” in the Shaw Cabin Tuesdays during July and August at 2 p.m. The first Kids Studio is July 5. Yoga classes, beginning in July, will now be offered four times weekly in the Arts Center, Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m.

A toddler play group coordinated by Darlene Sumner will be held each Wednesday during July and August at the Arts Center. The first play group will be on July 6 at 11 a.m. Phil Whitney will present the first in the summer series of historical slides programs at the Arts Center on Wednesday, July 6, at 4:30 p.m. The program will focus on the history of schools on GCI.

Come one, come all. Islesford Boatworks, run by Tony Archino and his assistants, has programs for the young, ages 7-18, and adults (we can be a little vague there and say “over 18”). The programs started on June 27 and run through Aug. 5, followed by the boat launch on Aug. 6.

Beginning Boat Building, ages 7-11 (-ish), meets Wednesday and Friday mornings, 8:30-noon. The kids go through different hands-on boat building stations, led by IB instructors or adult volunteers through the day’s activities. They learn to use traditional hand tools for shaping planks, steam bending, riveting and making oars. The end of each session includes cleaning up and writing in a journal.

Intermediate Boat Building, ages 11-14, is Monday morning, 8:30-noon, and Tuesday afternoon, 1-5 p.m. It will include new skills and tools. Their projects will be more challenging, and they will learn to create half-hull builder’s models.

Advanced Boat Building, ages 14 and above, starts Tuesday, 8:30-noon, and ends the week Friday, 1-5 p.m. These kids go deeper into boatbuilding as they work with complicated and challenging projects. Advanced woodworking skills, use of traditional tools and introduction to power tools will demonstrate both traditional and modern boat-building techniques.

Teens also can participate in Open Shop Time. Shop space and staff will be available to supervise and guide projects the kids choose.

Adults can participate as mentors in the youth programs; help out behind the scenes in many ways; join the boatbuilding, from making oars to planking and painting. New this summer: come learn to make projects for the home such as candle holders or cutting boards, or a builder’s half-model. Make two, one to keep and one to auction at the town fair. (There is a materials fee.)

Boards and Chords on Wednesdays include an afternoon jam in the barn, 2-4 p.m. Come play, listen or just hang out in the shop, which will be filled with folk, jazz, blues and more. All skill levels are welcome!

Lisa Fernald Payne has scheduled a graveside funeral for Dennis Fernald on July 10 at noon. This would have been his 50th wedding anniversary. Lisa will be on the island on July 8; her mother will stay until the first week of September.

Nate Philbrook celebrates a birthday on July 3, followed by Jeanine Hadlock on July 5. Happy birthday to all.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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