I begin this week’s column with a celebratory shout-out to my favorite nonagenarian, my Dad, who is turning 90 this weekend. He is my greatest fan, as I am his.
I have received many delightful phone calls and emails this week from readers, and I wish to thank them for educating, sharing and updating me on news items and birthdays. On a rainy day spent at a mainland library, Pat McCandless, who later owned the historic “switching office” home on Swans Island, discovered our island after reading Perry D. Westbrook’s “Biography of an Island: The Story of a Maine Island, Its People, and their Unique Way of Life” (1958). I add this book and Donald Junkins’s “Our Island: A Fourteen-Month Journal of Life On Swan’s Island, Maine, in the Seventies” to the list of books from last week’s column regarding different perspectives on the history of Swans Island. And now I happily have my winter reading list set.
The rescheduled presentation from Abbe Museum’s George Neptune will take place at the library this Friday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming annual town meeting on Monday, March 7, in the school gymnasium. Also, remember that the next Senior Luncheon is in the same place on Wednesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m.
We extend our condolences to Melissa Sousa, other family, and friends of Jeff Camber who recently passed away.
Many thanks go to the K-2 students, Janice Staples and Raylene Banks who delivered love through Valentines to some residents on Swans Island. As Terry Staple puts it, this was “a good way to warm our hearts on a cold winter’s day.”
Joanna Kohler Carter is looking for someone with a big heart to donate a vehicle for a worthy island cause: “Swans Island nonprofit organization is seeking a van. Our Bread of Life Food Pantry is in need of a van for transporting cases of food supplies. Four times a year, we travel to Cherryfield, and about eight times a year,to Brewer or Ellsworth and occasionally Lewiston. We have many opportunities to get food, but transportation has become a huge problem. Our finances are limited, so we are looking for a reliable, reasonably priced or generously donated large size van. Please contact me with any information or ideas. Other board members are Kathleen Lemoine, Jeanne Hoyle, Nancy Carter, Heidi Martin and Terry Staples. Thank you very much!”
Happy birthday to Dr. Rick DuBois, Dave Maney, Betsy R. Philbrook, Kenny Ranquist, Meri Lynn Rainford, Kim Colbeth, Timothy Treadwell, Cindy Kennedy Niquette, Liela Banks, Cheri L. Ellison and Emmie Mckay Sawyer.
If you have news to share, email, call or write me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]; drop a note to Kimberly Haller, P.O. Box 94, Swans Island, ME 04685; or call me at 526-4488.