INH renovation almost done

Peyton Eggleston, the vice president of the Islesford Neighborhood House Association and in charge of the INH construction project, has stayed on top of everything. Peyton was at the EMT conference, so came out to Islesford on Friday and met with Randy Sinclair of Sinclair Builders to see the progress. Skip Stevens, also on the INHA board, joined them. After going through the main hall, they went over to Ann Fernald’s to talk about the progress. Ann made Islesford gingerbread for them, which baked while they talked.

Work at the INH main hall has come along really well. The upstairs space has become much smaller because of the change required to the stairs. The main hall is being insulated for use in the winter for activities, and Islesford will host the next town meeting in a warm place. Coats and jackets will now be needed only on the road! The school kids can take their jackets, hats and mittens off for PE. And Santa can say “Ho-ho-ho” without a cloud of condensation.

The annual EMT conference was at Samoset last week. Kelly Smith Sanborn, Hugh Smallwood, Peyton Eggleston, Paul Fernald, Margaret Houghton, Cory Duggan, David Rackliff, Luke Abell, Emily Wright and Katelyn Damon were there from the extended Cranberry Isles.

Randolph Mantooth, who played the character John Gage on the TV show “Emergency,” spoke Saturday night. His time on “Emergency” led him to speak regularly at EMT and firefighter conferences.

Hunting season has been a big success. Two bucks were bagged this past week. Justin Bunker got a four-point buck. Ben Walls got an eight-point buck. He was very happy he got one point more than last year. There are many deer on the island. Ben has seen at least three different herds with several does and young deer. The bucks are much rarer. There has been a sighting of a 10-point buck and some smaller bucks. Ben used a doe call with some success at luring in a buck. Each time, the buck was too hidden by the brush to get a clear shot. In the end, it was just chance that he came upon a buck. He had started early Friday morning and was just about to quit for the day and go to work. He was coming back from his prime spot when he decided to check out another spot where he had seen some tracks days before. There he was just standing there. He was on the edge of a small clearing looking back at Ben. He must have been reluctant to leave the field of sweet grass because he stood there while Ben loaded the gun, aimed and shot him in the upper left shoulder. Jake Kuester and Justin heard the shot and knew it was Ben. They followed him to the spot and helped him carry it out. Hunting season isn’t over yet, so wear orange and stay safe.

It’s that time of year again. Holidays are starting to bear down on us and our dear friends. Thanksgiving is next Thursday! Gobble, gobble and safe travels to all!

Hanukkah and Christmas are around the corner, and that corner keeps getting closer.

December will bring the Annual Potluck Santa Supper for both islands with Santa saying “Ho-ho-ho” to 23 kids (grade school and younger, a few older ones as well). On Saturday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m., Santa will be part of the first communal event in the upgraded main hall at the Islesford Neighborhood House. His sled won’t be available, but there will be a special boat for a return trip to Great Cranberry (and to MDI, if anyone joins from there). Special thanks to Cari Alley for all she does in heading it up. Contact Cari if you have questions or donations.

The deadline for submissions to the 10th edition of the Island Reader is the end of this month! Prose, poetry, drawings, photographs – anything missing? Two-dimensional format works best. Vertical settings are preferable except for the cover, which has gone from front cover to the full space. It’s probably no longer an issue, given the high density of the cell phone/Android photos, but submissions can be made at any time, thanks to the on-line central beast that does so much for us. Submit poetry to [email protected]. Submit all other writing to [email protected]. Submit photos/artwork to [email protected].

Cari Alley’s birthday is Nov. 25, which is also Barbara and Alden Hathaway’s anniversary. Happy birthday and happy anniversary!

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 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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