There was something fishy about a fisher caught on a camera in an islander’s backyard on Great Cranberry Monday night. Word got out quick, a photo was passed around, and many residents began to worry about their cats and laying hens becoming a late night snack for the island’s new resident. Turns out the culprit causing all the commotion was none other than a common (or maybe not so common) island housecat named Crock, who was looking more menacing than usual as he wandered out of his typical stomping grounds. Crock, who also goes by Crock-e-man, probably managed to convince otherwise savvy islanders that he was a fearsome beast by eating all the kibble Monday night, thereby increasing in size and intimidation.
Another pet making island news is the newest addition to the island and Rosalie Kell’s family. GCI welcomes Rob Roy, a big old yellow lab who hails from the South and is sure to fit in well with the rest of the ever-increasing island dog population.
Great Cranberry has otherwise been surprisingly calm as the holiday approaches. Some of the younger crowd has kept busy with woodworking projects in the Cranberry Island Boatyard, opting for homemade gifts in lieu of shopping. A few islanders have left to be with loved ones on the mainland, but holiday cheer continues to spread on GCI. Saturday, Blair Colby towed carolers in an appropriately red tractor, bringing the community together to celebrate, although mild weather continued to trick residents into thinking it was June. Few complained.
Barb Fernald hosted an open house for cutting snowflakes (beats shoveling them!), hanging out with friends and eating cookies. Barb had jewelry available; Kaitlyn Duggan offered clay pendants and earrings along with a variety of serving and storing items. Malcolm Fernald brought photographs, spray paintings and prints of island life. It was a good chance to fill any gaps on the Christmas present list, prepare for upcoming birthdays or other special occasions, or simply find something to enjoy oneself.
Among social customers were Melissa and Bea Amuso; Clare Dalton and Miklos Pogany; Lauren Simmons; Mary E. Schuch and Elizabeth Louden, who has been a potter-in-residence at Marian Baker’s shop; Serena Spurling, her son Paul Brumaghim, and Ricky Alley; Ann Fernald; Sheila and Samantha Krasnow; Susie Valdina and Ashley Bryan; Cindy and Dave Thomas; Katelyn Damon; and Sally Rowan. Several Spurlings came after the family’s return from Mount Desert Island: Jeri, accompanied by Christina and Marja Goettsche Spurling and their husbands, Andrew Trepenier and Tor Goettsche, came; Cory Duggan and Bode joined Kaitlyn; and Katy Fernald stopped in.
Over the holiday season, Trevor Corson and Anu Partanen will travel from Brooklyn to her native Finland, and with her family, they’ll travel to Lapland. Meanwhile, from home in Redondo Beach, Calif., Ash Corson and a friend will visit Maui. Sarah Corson and Dick Atlee will be on beloved Mount Desert Island.
The December full moon falls on Christmas night. The reindeer won’t need Rudolf’s red nose except as a channel buoy among roofs and chimneys for Santa’s piloting safety.
Happy birthday to a good many winter babies, including Sharon Bray on Dec. 19, Norman Sanborn, who turns 18 on Dec. 21, Jessica Sanborn on Dec. 22, Clara Wedge on Dec. 24, Maureen Harlan on Dec. 25, and Bruce Gribble and John Stainton on Dec. 26. Richard Hill joined his family on Dec. 30. Happy birthday, Richard!
Also a very happy anniversary to Peter and Elaine Buchsbaum on Dec. 24.
Merry Christmas to all!
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 Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.