The Friends of the Swan’s Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) congratulates Bayle Ross of Calais and thanks him and Machias Savings Bank for their generosity. Fran Chetwynd shares the story with us: “On Tuesday, Sept. 15, in a short ceremony in front of the light tower at Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station, John Bryan received a check for $1,000 for lighthouse restoration from Matthew Horton of Machias Savings Bank. John is president of FOSIL, and Matt is an assistant vice president of the bank and the manager of the Bar Harbor branch. After the ceremony, FOSIL treated Matt and his associate, Kathy Lehman, to a delicious fish chowder lunch in the keeper’s house.
“How did our lighthouse get to be the lucky winner of a $1,000 donation? The story begins with a photo contest sponsored by the bank to celebrate Maine Lighthouse Day. The winner was a photo of Bayle Ross of Calais in front of the Lubec Channel Lighthouse. His mom, Tanya Kidder, and her friend Meghan Joyce of Swans Island got together with other friends to coordinate a voting campaign that resulted in Bayle’s photo taking first place in the contest. Part of the prize for the winning photo was a contribution of $250 to be given to a Maine lighthouse – the winner to choose which Maine lighthouse would be the beneficiary. Bayle took the assignment seriously and researched several lighthouses. But in the end, he chose the Swans Island lighthouse due in part to friends and family connections on the island. Then it was over to the folks at Machias Savings Bank, who took a look at the town’s restoration project and decided to increase the gift amount to $1,000! This very timely gift will be added to the funds available for restoration of the interior of the light tower. That project is set to begin shortly.”
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lenora Francis Wheaton upon her passing on Friday, Sept. 18. A private committal service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery on Swans Island. A celebration of Lenora’s life will be announced at a later date. Those who desire may make contributions in her memory to Swans Island Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 7, Swans Island, ME 04685.
Donna Wiegle announces a flu shot clinic on Monday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Pond Health Center. She said, “Private insurance, Medicare and MaineCare will cover the cost. Private pay cash or check welcome, but I do not know the cost yet. Last year it was $25, and I imagine it will be about the same. No appointment necessary, just come on in and be sure to bring your insurance card with you. If you have children that you would like to get flu shots for, call Community Health Center at 244-5630 and let them know so they can bring enough pediatric doses with them. Adults do not need to call ahead of time. They should bring plenty of adult doses with them. Call me at 526-4101 or private message me with any questions.”
Emmie Sawyer thanks all those who helped find and put “Children at Play” signs up on her stretch of road between the Baptist Church and Fire Station #2. Along with her, we all hope these signs help discourage hunters who are not familiar with our neighborhood.
Dexter Lee reminds us that the hours for the transfer station change on Sunday, Sept. 27, to Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-4 p.m.
Happy birthday to Les Ranquist, Vaughn Hopkins, Paul Adam Joy, Donnie Staples, Margot Crawshaw, Oakley Carroll Walker and Deb Schwabe.
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