Postal situation resolved

Victory resounds in Keith Harriton’s update regarding our postal situation: “On behalf of my clients, Lewis J. Hopkins and Brian Krafjack, I am very pleased to report that the postal service contract for Swans Island and Frenchboro has been awarded to L.J. and Brian! It will be combined mail and freight delivery ‘business as usual’ for both of them and all of us as of Oct. 17. Congratulations to L.J., Brian and the Swans and Frenchboro communities on a job so well done and a much-deserved victory. Permit us a final special thank you to Les Ranquist, Kathy Clark and Lori LeMoine, Dave and Cindy Niquette and all the folks at the Underwater Taxi, the Fisherman’s Coop and Kent’s Wharf for their energy, support and assistance. And to our friends at Venable LLP, all I can say is that the most delicious lobsters ever are on their way! We are all looking forward to a proper celebration!”

Mimi Rainford reminds us to watch for our schoolchildren walking or riding their bikes to school. The children will walk or ride to school every school day in October.

Gary Rainford is once again offering Swans Island Writes, which began Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will meet on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. for six weeks at the library. “Intended to be a drop-in, work-at-your-own-pace opportunity, this lab is for aspiring writers who want to begin projects, experienced writers with projects already underway and people who simply want to enrich their lives by writing. For the first hour, we will create a habit of time and place by writing that letter you’ve been putting off, that novel, short story, poem, play, blog or memoir. No limits here! Just write! (If you don’t know what to write, I will provide new writing prompts each week.) The remaining 30 minutes, we will use selections from Annie Dillard’s ‘The Writing Life’ to discuss the process of writing and how we can apply practical techniques to our own work. Bring paper and pen, laptop or tablet, phone, slate and chalk, whatever you need to record your words. Since this adult-education opportunity is free, please obtain a copy of “The Writing Life.” You can find a copy at on Ebay for as little as 75 cents (yes, $.75!). If you’d like to ‘enroll,’ please message me so I can get a working number of those who are interested. No commitment, just want a rough idea. Also, don’t hesitate to connect if you have any questions. High school age adults and older may attend Swan’s Island Writes.”

Bev McAloon invites us to a macaroni and cheese/potluck supper fundraiser to support the Swans Island Recovery Fund. The event is on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the IOOF Hall. There will be a vote for the favorite mac and cheese recipe, and Rob Morang will bring his lobster mac and cheese. Salads and desserts also are greatly appreciated. Come share good food, recipes and friendship for a great cause.

Happy birthday to Julie MacDonald, Lester Logan Stanley, Sharon Stone, Gary Farley, Lawrence Smith, Norman K. Burns and Denise Boisvert. Anniversary blessings to Kevin and Debbie Staples, Jerry and Monica Cease and Sam and Abigail Dy.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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