Senator Angus King wrote “Across the nation, the powerful combination of broadband, affordable devices and increasing opportunity for cloud-based content is transforming education. Traditional teaching tools like blackboards and books are giving way to interactive digital content delivered directly to students’ devices. We have graduated into the digital age.”
Donna Bartnoff Isaacs wrote, “Congratulations to the teachers, students, parents and community members of the Cranberry Isles, Cliff Island, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, Matinicus and Monhegan for this highly flattering shout out by the senator complimenting the Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative and telling the world what we already know, that the TLC ROCKS!!
And special thanks to Jessie Campbell and the Island Institute, without whom it just wouldn’t be.
Cari Alley and Barb Fernald‘s Christmas cookie exchange (and open house, and jewelry sale, and Kaitlyn Duggan pottery sale) took place Sunday, Dec. 14. The open house included various wish/gift opportunities: Barb had jewelry; Kaitlyn Duggan brought pottery; Lindsay Eysnogle debuted with scented soaps, with a choice of lavender, honey/almond, rosemary/mint, and lemongrass. Brenna Sullivan brought some key chains and bracelets made of paracord, and Malcolm Donald offered photographs and batiks. Barb also had art shop pipe cleaners, glue and various beads available, along with instructions on how to make decorative small deer.
Some of those who attended were Serena Spurling and Hanni Brumaghim; Ann Fernald; Meg Stevens and Sally Rowan; Cari, Rubye and Wyatt Alley, with Brenna; Melissa and Bea Amuso; Danielle and Denise McCormick; Katya Mocarsky; Cindy Thomas; and Becca Powell. Apologies to those whose names aren’t here!
There will be a Santa Supper on Saturday, Dec. 20, including an inter-island potluck supper. A special boat will return those who come from Great Cranberry. Cari Alley is keeping some of the details surprises for the evening; there will be presents for children in grades lower than eighth. Brenna Sullivan will read a story; Adele and Amy Palmer will lead some songs. Thanks to Jeanine Hadlock and Cindy White for knitting hats and mittens as they have each year! And thank you to the anonymous donors who help these Santa Suppers continue each year.
There was great fun at the Ladies Aid Christmas Fair with over $1,500 raised for Aid projects and maintenance. Thank you to all who came from on-island, the mainland and our sister island Islesford to join in an afternoon of shopping and laughter. Thank you and Merry Christmas from the Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid.
“The Island Cooks” has begun with Karin Whitney, Jenn Walls and Beverly Sanborn having cooked and delivered meals to our elderly or infirmed residents over the last month. Thank you to these volunteers for their dedication to this group.
Kelly Thurlow of Kel’s Kutz in Cherryfield has tried several Wednesdays to perform her magic on the tresses of Cranberry residents only to be stopped by the weather or lack of ocean transportation. She is going to try again on Monday, Dec. 15. If you see us before the holidays and we are not beautifully coiffed, you will know that Mother Nature has intervened again. Thank you to Kelly for providing this service to the community.
Rachel Thomas has been accepted to Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. Congratulations, Rachel!
Fritz Fernald is now engaged to Anne Townsend. They will be on the island at Christmas. Robin Fernald and Stephanie Austin will come up from Baltimore.
Joy Sprague‘s birthday is Saturday, Dec. 20. Christina Spurling celebrates hers on Dec. 23. Christmas Eve brings Louise Chaplin to the cake table.