There is a new kid on the island. Literally a kid, one of the goats owned by the Sumner family on Great Cranberry gave birth on Sunday morning to a beautiful little white female kid. No name yet, but Kariah is working on it.
The population is increasing, and houses are being straightened and looked over after this chaotic winter, which has truly ended, barring a freaky snowfall. The stores are open on the dock, and work is being done on the Blue Duck building, overseen by an architect with a long history of Islesford summers, Hunter Hughes. Bobbie Williams; Cheryl Sholl; Ellie and Jack Miller, Jeanne and Cliff Smith and others have returned. Visitors to Islesford this week included former resident and restaurant kitchen staff Ben Stevens and Andrea Ruby. They brought their infant son, Milo, who is at the phase where so much happens in a week. Time goes so fast he’ll want the car key next month. They saw Ann Fernald; Joy Sprague; Karen Smallwood; parents Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens and sister Meg; and aunt and uncle Jeanne and Andy Kohn, along with others.
Church was held at the Cranberry Isles Congregational Church on Sunday, June 17, and officiated by Pastor Tom Powell, with a wonderful al fresco meal on the porch following. At the beginning of the service, Tom said that he and his family will move to Islesford in the fall. Tom and Becca have been on Great Cranberry for five years now, and a change of address does not change the fact that they are part of both communities and serve us both with love and faith. We wish the Powells all the best on this new leg of their Cranberry journey.
There was a Father’s Day June Dip. A sweet 16 years for Joy Sprague and Barb Fernald. Cindy Thomas finishes up her 16th year in September. They missed Stefanie Alley. Barb predicts the water will be warmer by the end of the month. Bruce Fernald reported it’s now 52 degrees, but it felt like 49 degrees to Barb. Many years of experience show every degree of warmth in the water.
Don’t forget the Ladies Aid Meeting on Saturday, June 23, at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. The Aid also would like to thank longtime member and Aid Treasurer Richard Beal for his donation of new picnic tables for the Ladies Aid ball field. These will be stained and placed along the edge of the field for use by the community. Thank you, Richard, I am sure these will be well used and appreciated.
The Maine Seacoast Mission, supported by Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Cranberry House, will coordinate a clean-up of the Whistler’s Cove, Preble Cove and Atlantic Shores public-access beaches on Tuesday, June 26. Sunbeam will bring over volunteers at 9 a.m. Island volunteers are encouraged to meet at Cranberry House, where teams will be assigned to each area.
Colleen Bunker will present a talk on nutrition and health in the Arts Center on Wednesday, June 27, at 7 a.m.
Coming soon, to a town field near you! Bring your flutes, recorders, guitars, drums and any other instruments: Islesford’s annual Maypole is on the calendar for July 14. Sing “Happy Birthday” to France as you make ribbon patterns on the pole.
How are we this late in June? This week’s birthdays include Bode Duggan on June 22, now eligible for kindergarten this fall. Nan Hadlock will celebrate on June 23. Henry Isaacs, Mandy Bracy and Jill Davidson will celebrate on June 24. It’s Everett Profit’s birthday on June 25. Kylie Tozier will celebrate on June 26. Happy birthday to Gene and Fran Pocaro on June 27. Susan Locke Pierson joins the gang on June 28, as does Jan MacAllister. Alison Hawes will have her birthday on June 29. Happy birthday to all!
Happy anniversary to Jeanne and Cliff Smith on June 28.
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” — Mark Twain
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], and for Great Cranberry, email Eileen Richards at [email protected]