Life, like tides, ebbs and flows

Henry Mayer Austin-Fernald joined us Nov. 25 at his winter home in Baltimore. Everyone is home and doing great. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, was 20 inches long and has a full head of dark hair. Congratulations, Robin Fernald and Stephanie Austin! Barb Shirey Fernald and Bruce Fernald are down in Baltimore so they can spend time with Robin, Stephanie and Henry, and to spend extra special time with Henry so Stephanie can get some sleep.

The other end of the lifespan also was observed this week:

Angela (Angie) Taylor, 101, died at home in Arlington, Mass., on Nov. 28. Beginning in the mid-1940s and until this summer, Angie delighted in her annual summer pilgrimage to Islesford. Her favorite activities were foraging for shells, beach wood and flowers, and recycling them into handcrafts for the fair. She was especially known for her mobiles. She donated the proceeds of her Beach Combers’ sales to the Islesford Community Fund. A dressmaker and seamstress by trade, she led an active life filled with volunteerism, family and community. She is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews that cherished and admired her for her resourcefulness, joie de vivre, dignity and sharp wit. A celebration of life will be held in February. A full notice can be found at

The Parrish House on Great Cranberry has a new well thanks to Gary Gould Well Drilling. Gary and Blair Colby have been busy getting the new well done and hooked up before the cold weather hits much to the delight of Pastor Powell and his family. Thank you, and well done, Gary and Blair.

The craft fair at Atlantic Oaks included Jeri Spurling’s snowflakes, Kaitlyn Duggan’s pottery and Jane and Wendy Jo Porter’s sea glass.

Oliver Blank has played in his first high school basketball game. MDI won by 29 points. Well done, Oliver. Here’s to a great season.

Thanks to Katelyn Damon for her connection with Emera and residents when Islesford lost power last week. Thankfully, power came back mid-afternoon.

Congratulations to Tiffany Tate on a new job at UMO.

Beverly Sanborn had an early Christmas gift when she received a phone message informing her she was the proud winner of one of the holiday trees at the 5th Annual Feztival of Trees at the Anah Shrine Center in Bangor. Forty-four artificial trees were decorated by businesses and organizations with everything from cookie cutters to kayaks to benefit the Anah Shrine. Beverly attended on Nov. 26 with family and won the tree donated by Bair’s Hermon Driving School. Congratulations, Beverly, and merry Christmas.

New hours for the Cranberry General store: On Saturday, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. now. Thank you to Holly and her crew for making the store available weekend hours and providing hot coffee and warm spot to wait for Saturday’s mail.

The Cranberry Island Museum is in the holiday mood with Christmas lights adorning the building and holiday movies being shown every Tuesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through New Year’s Day. Make a date for a movie and popcorn at Cranberry House this holiday season.

Alyssa Varnum, a senior at Bucksport High School and great-granddaughter of Gaile Colby, has been accepted to the University of New England for their 2017 fall semester. Alyssa is planning to pursue a career in medicine. Congratulations, Alyssa, and good luck.

Gary Allen is organizing a marathon at Millinocket for the second year. Following a slight lengthening, the route is an official Boston Marathon qualifier and is the only one without the registration fee. Gary’s quickly organized marathon last year had no fee, and the runners spent what would have been the fee at stores and restaurants in Millinocket.

The lack of snow has done nothing to discourage the Christmas spirit on Great Cranberry as plans for holiday events move full speed ahead. The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid Christmas Fair is being held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 12-2 p.m. (not Dec. 18 as stated last week). A delicious soup luncheon with breads, beverages and brownie sundaes for dessert to top it all off will be offered for $10. Stop by and take care of your holiday gift purchases and get your tickets for a chance to win the Christmas stocking raffle. Merry Christmas, all, and we hope to see you at the Aid.

A Christmas potluck dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. at the Community Center with ham and roast chicken provided. Sides and desserts are needed to round out the meal. Sign-up sheets are located at the Cranberry Isles Post Office and the General Store. For more information, see Kelly Sanborn or Rosalie Kell.

A reminder to all that the Islesford and Cranberry Post Offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, following the Christmas holiday. Joy Sprague and Eileen Richards, the island postmasters, have a variety of holiday stamps available and are always happy to help with all your mailing needs.

Grace Houghton and Jeanne Smith celebrated birthdays on Dec. 6, followed by Eliza Greenman on Dec. 7. Heather Spurling joined the game on Dec. 10.

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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