Islanders run near and far

We had the big cross-country meet here on Great Cranberry Island Saturday. The kids from Swans Island came over on a special boat. There were 26 participants from kindergarten through eighth grade. Kindergarten-through-second grade students ran only 1.3 miles. They had five runners, most were from Swans. Melanie Sanborn won a first-place medal for girls. Johnny Palmer won a third-place medal for boys. In the next group, third through fifth grade, there were 14 runners; all but three were girls. Samson Gaither came in first in the boys’ group. Kariah Sumner had some tough competition against 11 other runners, but she was able to take home the second-place medal. Her sister also got a second-place medal in the sixth-through-eighth grade race, which was 1.9 miles. Patrick Mocarsky placed first in the boys’ race. Overall, the Ashley Bryan School won with 15 points, compared to Swans’ 12. All of the kids did a great job running. The weather was perfect. After the race, volunteers prepared a lunch of burgers and hot dogs at the community center.

Great Cranberry native Michael Westphal finished last weekend’s MDI Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, 20 seconds, raising money for Parkinson’s disease research.

Tammy and Steve Palmer were married at East Bunker’s Ledge on Monday, Oct. 12. Chris Costello performed the ceremony. The weather was unexpectedly warm and beautiful, and they had a ride up the sound as part of the celebration. Nan Hadlock and Paul Fernald were attendants.

The winter boat schedules have resumed. The commuter, as always, leaves Great Cranberry at 6:15 a.m., Islesford at 6:30 a.m. and arrives at Northeast Harbor at 6:50 a.m. Its evening run returns, departing Northeast Harbor at 5 p.m., going to Islesford (arriving 5:20 p.m. or 5:25 p.m.), then Great Cranberry. It returns to Northeast Harbor.

The Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-Op has closed for the winter. This Saturday, Oct. 24, they will have an end-of-season sale, including 25-50 percent off many things. The “season to be jolly” is coming up surprisingly soon, so if you haven’t seen the Co-Op yet, stop in and support the Cranberry Isles Fishermen.

This week, the Ashley Bryan kids are going on a field trip with the TLC kids from the other islands. On Wednesday, they will see the Space Simulation at the Challenger Center for third-to-eighth grade students. The second is a visit to the Emera Astronomy Center on Thursday. They will learn about the science of space and space exploration. They also have some fun group activities planned.

Also this Saturday will be the special town meeting at 9 a.m. in the church on Great Cranberry. One item on the agenda will be to ask the voters if they authorize the selectmen to discuss the issue of the Beal & Bunker Mail Boat. If they do get permission, then they can ask about a price and other technical questions.

Upcoming calendar item: This year’s National Wreaths Across America Day will be Dec. 12. The trucks will go through Ellsworth.

Finn McGuiness’ birthday is Oct. 26. Jim Wilmerding, a Northeast Harbor-based EMT many of us know, celebrates another birthday on Oct. 30.

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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