Memorial for Smallwood

Saturday evening included a pizza feast at Karen Smallwood’s as a way for the community to honor Hugh and exchange stories with each other about time with him.  Paul Fernald’s yard, as well as Karen’s, each were well populated. There was a wide variety of pizzas. Guests contributed salads and vegetables and the dessert table was in good shape. Karen made one of her famous chocolate cakes, which many people enjoyed (sometimes more than once). There was a very small amount left over when the last people headed home. Lindsay Eysnogle, Mary E. Schuth and Kaitlyn Duggan sang a beautiful song about grief. Margaret Houghton connected with EMS so they could honor Hugh.

Sunday included a memorial time for Hugh on the water. Approximately 36 boats of all sizes and numbers of passengers left the dock at noon and went around to Bunker’s Cove, outside the Smallwood cottage where Hugh had spent his summers from childhood on. Some of his ashes were sprinkled, and flowers were thrown from other boats. Karen, Little Hugh and Annie Smallwood Morse were together in Miss Annie.

Other family included Hugh’s sisters, Dedi Whitaker and Innis Kasanof, Annie’s husband, Chandler Morse, and children, Parker and Talie Morse; Little Hugh’s wife, Jessica Pataki Smallwood, and their daughter, GraceMolleson O’Donovan and Kate and Courtney Chaplin  and their children, Louise, Whit and Sannah.

Islesford was the place for a celebration of broadband service. Tuesday, July 10, Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins and Representative Bruce Poliquin sent representatives to Islesford for the ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the service provided. Those who had worked on the project to get broadband out to Islesford had lunch and talked about how things had gone here and how to get broadband to other island or remote communities. Most of those who had come out went back to the mainland after the meeting had finished, but others stayed, talked with island residents and made a video about the project. David Thomas took some out in his boat to show them more about life on the island.

Islesford Boatworks presented “The Art of Making Wooden Lobster Traps.” Rick Alley gave a talk on the history and art of making wooden traps. It took place on the lawn at the Blue Duck. Rick brought one of his old wooden traps, a new one he made for this presentation, and basic parts to show how the traps are put together. The seats were long benches of wood planks across the current rectangular wire traps. It was well attended, including a couple who stopped on the road and looked over, curious as to what these people were doing. Islanders included Melissa Amuso, Cynthia & Dan Lief, Skip StevensSerena Spurling, Paul Brumaghim, Amy and Adele Palmer, Starr Cummin Bright, Pat and Bob Mocarsky and Minerva and Paul Skeith.

Do you want something nice for dinner but have bare cupboards and an empty ’fridge? And you really don’t want to go off island to a supermarket in the summer? Chicken or ground Angus beef sound good, or choice sirloin steak, sausage, local scallops, or maybe crab meat — something as an appetizer for the main dish of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Little Cranberry Lobster has them! Ask the cashiers for meats and they’ll get them. Undoubtedly hoping to join you for dinner, Ben & Jerry are right there in the main space.

The Boatworks auction will be Aug. 4, noon – 2 p.m. Mark your calendar now! It will be at the Blue Duck and the Islesford Dock. (The Blue Duck is the long-empty building in the field between the Islesford Dock and the museum. It is now being renovated for use by Islesford Boatworks!) There’s still time to participate. Bring your donation to Islesford Pottery before Aug. 2, please. If you have questions, call Marian Baker at 244-9108. If you can’t make it for the auction but would like to support Boatworks financially, donations would be welcome. Many thanks!

The telemedicine equipment on Islesford allows presentations to be made from MDI (or anywhere with telemedicine connection). Last Tuesday, there was a presentation by Dan Johnson, director of the Acadia Family Center, on cyber-bullying. The Health Committee and the Maine Sea Coast Mission organized it.

Last Friday included a showing of “I Know a Man,” which is about Ashley Bryan and his art. Following the movie was an ice cream social to celebrate Ashley’s 95th birthday. Islesford Neighborhood House was full of both islanders and visitors. (There will be a showing of “I Know a Man” on Great Cranberry in August.) Chairs had been set up, but more folding chairs had to be brought in because a large number of people came, including Lindsay Eysnogle, Cliff Smith, Sarah Corson and Gail and Henry Grandgent. Ryan Field came and brought his extended family. 

Trevor Corson, Anu Partanen, and their daughter, Aava, have moved to Helsinki, Finland.

Monday’s movies will be (downstairs) “42,” a bio-pic about Jackie Robinson, and  (upstairs) “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” rated G. Dick Van Dyke stars.

There will be a firemen’s supper at the Ladies Aid Building on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 6:30. Food pick-up will begin at 5. Mark the date on your calendar for this event and don’t miss the fun and friendship!

Please note that the Ladies Aid will not be accepting White Elephant donations until Aug. 5. This schedule change is to accommodate the date for the firemen’s supper.

This is what’s happening at Cranberry House this week: Cranberry House / GCI Historical Society is sponsoring a concert/contra dance by the Big Moose Band at the Longfellow School from 6:30-8:30 on Friday, July 20. Donations at the door will be appreciated to offset costs of this large event. Refreshments will be available. Sam King will host a Family Night of Poetry and Music in the Arts Center on Sunday, July 22 at 7. This special event will include the Glaser Family and others.

Phil Whitney will host another Historical Slides Program on Monday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center. Darlene Sumner continues to host yoga on Tuesday and Thursday.

Colleen Bunker will host a nutrition talk on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 in the Arts Center.

There will be a Ladies Aid Barn Sale on Saturday, July 21, from 1-3 p.m. A meeting of Ladies Aid members and fair volunteers will follow at 3 to discuss plans for their 117th fair on Aug. 8.

Happy Birthday to Jeri Spurling on the 19th. Paul Fernald and Taylor Theriault each have the Big Day on the 21st. Cliff Smith celebrates his birthday on the 25th.

The last of the Great Cranberry July birthdays are all on the 29. Happy birthday to Kaitlin Porcaro, Corinna Gribble, Hope Paulos, Ben Weible, Zoe White, Laura Lomas and Preston Tripp. May all your birthday wishes come true.

Happy Anniversary to Barb and Bruce Fernald on the 28th, and Denise and Mitch McCormick on the 31st.

“It’s remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.”

— Ernest K. Gann, American aviator, author, sailor and conservationist. (1910-1991).

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]. For Great Cranberry, email Eileen Richards at [email protected]

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