A Community Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. at the Community Center. A turkey will be donated by Mark Alley, and those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. A sign-up sheet is located at the Post Office for the number of people and what they will be bringing for the meal. This is not a Ladies Aid event but rather a community gathering to give thanks for our many blessings and break bread with our neighbors. Hope to see you there.
Halloween on Great Cranberry saw three trick-or-treaters, Jessica and Melanie Sanborn and Samson Gaither accompanied by their mothers, Kelly Sanborn and Ingrid Gaither, make the trip around the island. Unlike last year, when weather forced the group to bundle into a minivan instead of the planned hayride for the annual outing, Halloween 2014 presented the perfect evening for the long-awaited holiday conveyance. Blair Colby was more than willing to start up his Allis Chalmer’s tractor and attach it to his hay-filled utility trailer to chauffeur the group from house to house. The children and parents would like to thank the community for helping to make the evening special.
Your local Post Offices would like to let you know that the USPS holiday stamps are in and available for purchase for your seasonal correspondence.
The polls were open on Cranberry on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Community Center with the much appreciated gas-powered generator giving heat and lights to those manning the polls and to the many who dropped by to cast their ballots. Members of the community would like to thank the Ladies Aid Society for providing these amenities during the recent power outage. The facility provided two refrigerators, a large chest freezer, cooking facilities, hot water and a warm spot to play games or eat their evening meal to those without generators. Many thanks to all who helped their neighbors during the outage, and a huge thank you to Emera Maine and Fairpoint for taking care of our small island once again.
The Ladies Aid will hold a meeting on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Cranberry Community Center. The group will be making plans for their Annual Christmas Fair which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 12-2 p.m. Hot soups and brownie sundaes will be on the menu along with lots of goodies and new clothing items for those on your shopping list.
Dr. Oh, the dentist based in Ellsworth, came to Islesford. Several islanders had their teeth cleaned – glorious not to go off island!
Halloween included treats from people who weren’t at home: Nan and Roy Hadlock left theirs at the McCormicks, and Rosalie Kell had hers in a “self-serve jack-o-lantern full of treats” at the house. They missed being present to see the kids in costumes, but a lot of Halloween photos came to the Facebook pages.
An old cherry tree is full of berries – more than in the past ten years – and robins have already been seen hopping around at the bottom of the tree. We’ve had two bouts of wind strong enough to cancel the commuter and mail boats one or two days each, we’ve joined in a power outage throughout the state, we’ve had a strong wind complete with rain turning to sleet, then snow, making some white patches on the ground and nasty walks on paths and steps … and we’ve just turned up the month of November on our calendars! What will this winter be like?
This is a busy week of birthdays. Elizabeth Jones’ birthday was Nov. 7; on Nov. 9, David Brooks and Jessie Krasnow blew out candles. Kate Chaplin and Bettina Reece share Thursday, Nov. 13. Happy birthday to all!