Six islanders joined peaceful protest



This past Sunday, six islanders from Great Cranberry drove up to the Penobscot River in Bangor to join in a peaceful protest organized by the Wabanaki tribe to stand in solidarity with those in Standing Rock, N.D. Sarah McCracken, Jessi Duma, Rosalie Kell, Barbara Meyers, Chris White and Kayla Gagnon all attended and observed various traditional ceremonies, including a sacred water ceremony.

There were many inspirational speakers from various tribes across Maine. One to note was Sherri Mitchell, who was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian Reservation at Indian Island. She is the executive director of the Land and Peace Foundation and spoke to those who attended not only about standing in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, but recognizing the many treaties broken throughout the country and the important fight for the protection of our rivers and water sources here in Maine. At the end of the ceremonies, over 200 people peacefully marched across the Penobscot River to later join hands in a circle in the park to thank each other and remember the fight that lies ahead.

Cory Alley and David Rackliff’s “Team Alleyway BBQ” participated in The Great Maine Barbecue Challenge competition at the Smuggler’s Den campground in Southwest Harbor. They took fourth in Chicken (wings), fourth in Pork (loin), fifth in Salmon (their ‘mystery meat’) and second in Dessert (brownie with caramel topping and a scoop of ice cream). Cari Alley said the 20 competitors came from many places, and most had well-developed careers and equipment. Two were from MDI. Congratulations, Cory and David! Rubye and Wyatt Alley were on hand to help. There was to be a children’s competition, but it was cancelled, to their disappointment.

Jasmine Samuel was there, as were Barbara and Brad Bryant, Henry Olearcek and several others.

The barbecue supports the EMHS Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Acadian Youth Sports.

Natasha Olearcek served the best lemonade at the competition.

This past Friday at the Cranberry House, the Heliker-Lahotan Foundation held a “Meet the Artists” event. The artists included Jessyca Broekman from Falmouth, Nina Jerome from Bangor, Joseph Norman from Athens, Ga., and William Price from Asheville, NC.

The usual tuna fishing gang of dudes from GCI went out on another fishing trip Saturday in hopes of catching some tuna. Once again, they only caught some mackerel and threw back a couple cold brews, but hopes are always high that they will one day return with pounds of tuna.

For three days in a row, GCI lost power up to half an hour to an hour each day. It is said that a transformer blew, leaving some islanders without power. Luckily it was during the day, but nevertheless, it was not enjoyable for those taking showers or cooking lunch.

Skip Stevens spent the week in Baltimore, meeting with students at Coppin State. Sally Rowan went with him, catching up with some friends and spending time with her nieces, nephew and sister-in-law. Skip and Sally went out with her sister Deborah and brother, Tony, and caught up with each other. They stayed with Skip’s older daughter, Kate, and son-in-law, Billy.

Great Cranberry church members will have a joint service with the Islesford congregation on Islesford on Sunday, Sept. 18. The ferry leaves GCI at 9:15 a.m. The Congregational Churches on Islesford and Great Cranberry are about to switch service times. Islesford gets Tom Powell on Sunday at 10 a.m., and Great Cranberry has him late afternoon. Becca and Lew will join him as usual. Lew wants to study music and learn to play several instruments he sees in the churches.

Happy birthday to Xander Amuso on Sept. 15; Brenna Sullivan celebrates on Sept 17, followed by Nicko Hadlock on Sept. 18. Joanne Thormann’s birthday is Sept. 21. Happy anniversary to Kaitlyn and Cory Duggan on Sept. 20.

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

Sally Rowan and Kayla Gagnon

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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]
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