Land for GCI gym sought

The Future’s Group of GCI is in search of a piece of land on which to build a permanent gym space for islander’s to work out and work on the well-being of their bodies, minds and spirits year-round. The gym was once located on the second floor of the Longfellow School. This worked out well with ample light and space, until the school was renovated and reopened for students. The students needed the gym space themselves, so the equipment moved to the basement of the church.

Although the Future’s Group has been grateful to have the alternate location, a survey from gym users showed that the location was not exactly ideal. What would be ideal is a building with ample natural light, windows and fresh air. There would most likely be two rooms: one for the gym equipment, weights, treadmills, etc; and another open and empty space for things like yoga, dance and aerobics. The Future’s Group really would like to spearhead this project, but first they need a place to build, whether purchased or donated. If community members have ideas, they should email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call 978-870-5939.

Helen Dudman died Monday, Feb 19. She and her husband, Richard, spent summers on Islesford since 1958, and moved to from Washington, D.C., to Ellsworth in the 1970s. Islesford and Great Cranberry residents have posted many wonderful memories about Helen, who was always open to conversation. Our sympathy to her daughters and grandchildren, especially Martha Dudman, Richard Howland and his sister, Georgia.

Islanders are meeting up in unlikely places. Kayla Gagnon and Page Hill, former residents of GCI have finally hit the road on their notorious road trip around the country. One of their first stops? The Carolinas, where they were warmly welcomed into the home of Boatworks building instructor Tony Archino and his wife, Sarah. Tony gave the girls some help with van maintenance, and Page and Kayla shared some top-secret fly fishing locations with the Archinos. The kids had fun hanging out with the girls for a few days until they were ready to hit the road once again. Next stop? Louisiana!

Tuesday Tea at the Islesford library was a full crowd! Dave Thomas got Ashley Bryan; Peter Philbrook is on the island, and the weather was foul enough not to go out on the water, so Peter and his deckhand Kye came, accompanied by Kye’s sister, Mimi, and Isaac and Nate Philbrook. Skip Stevens and Sally Rowan, Jason Pickering, Serena Spurling, Malcolm Fernald and Mary E. Schuch, and an island visitor, Jody, who was waiting for the 11:30 a.m. mail boat, enjoyed Cindy Thomas’s blueberry coffee cake. Cindy took an empty dish home. Peter, Kye, Mimi, Isaac, Nate and Mary played Uno. Some of the others watched and learned to play.

Joy Sprague and Cindy went for the February Dip of the Month on Monday. The water temperature was 36 degrees, as last year. Barb Fernald caught up with them on Wednesday after being off-island for the day. The air was 50 degrees when she got back to the island at 4 p.m. The water temperature was 36.7 degrees; Bruce Fernald went with her in the roles of “life guard, photographer, and good sport.” Stefanie Alley dipped off island. An increase in water temperature of 0.7 degrees in two days — a heat wave must be coming!

Skip, Kaitlyn Duggan, Jim Fortune’s daughter, Addie, and sister, Susan, Jeri Spurling and Amy Palmer got together for a cappella singing at Ann Fernald’s on Thursday evening. Ann and Paul Fernald were their host and fans.

There was another open mic and coffee house Saturday evening at Islesford Neighborhood House. Lindsay Eysnogle, Kaitlyn Duggan, Skip Stevens, Mary E. Schuch and Jeri Spurling sang; Jeri and Bea Amuso played clarinets; Xander Amuso and Jonah Phillips played electric guitar; Skip played guitar and recited poetry; Malcolm Fernald accompanied Mary with guitar. Ashley’s company, Mark, played the banjo. Joy Sprague recited poetry, accompanied by her Islesfordian chihuahua Noah, for one piece with an accompanying howl. Ashley Bryan led poetry recitation.

Ted Spurling and the medical team are back from the annual Dominican Republic trip.

Jeri Spurling announced the Democratic caucus is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the Islesford Neighborhood House. It’s best but not necessary to preregister by going to We’ll have snacks. Try bringing your homemade poster saying “Victory Starts Here,” and we’ll have a virtual rally. Choosing our delegates is the most important business.

This caucus is for both islands. The “church boat” will leave Great Cranberry at 12:30 p.m. We’ll pass a hat for expenses (boat, helping to send our delegate).

Spring is coming! It snowed on Saturday night, Feb. 17, but it was gone from the streets by late morning. There was a minimal encore Sunday, Feb. 25, and with the increasing temperature the past week, nothing was on the streets. Grass is turning green, and the blackberry bush branches are full of color. Saturday saw a temperature in the low 40s. Mud is alive and well. Full moon comes twice this month, March 1 and 31.

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
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