Peas are starting to poke their little heads up from the tilth. There may have been a serious frost last week, a series of cold snaps that had many Mainers disgruntled by the return of snow, but nothing keeps an islander down. Folks loaded up their woodstoves and fireplaces and warmed themselves with a final toasting up before the sun does the job. We put on another layer, breathing in the fresh salty air coming from the ocean, tasting the transitions we are all making.
Spring has sprung, the grass is ris’ – I wonder what the commuter is … . Sutton is no longer on the commuter run; Elizabeth T. has just assumed the job. Many thanks to Dan Lunt and Mandy Bracy for all they put into running the commuter. Dan will run Miss Lizzie from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor, with the young Captain Finn’s assistance.
New projects are starting for many islanders. Gardens are being created or expanded upon to grow more food for families and the community. Blair Colby is the proud new owner of the Cadillac water taxi. He spent this past week sprucing her up and taking her out onto the waters, testing out necessary equipment like the horn. It sure works loud and clear. More details will come on whether the number for the water taxi will change or stay the same. Johnny Goodwin is the new owner of David Bunker’s barge. He, too, did some great maintenance, painting her a captivating red. Islanders are thrilled Goodwin has it out in the water ready to make barging trips.
On Saturday, May 14, for those who cannot make the town meeting on Islesford, the Great Cranberry Ladies Aid will be having a get together to organize cooking and cleaning crews for the Memorial Weekend potluck dinner. Another exciting community event happening May 14 is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. While we don’t have letter carriers here, Great Cranberry does have the incredible Eileen Richards at the post office making the food drive here possible. There is a box in the post office for any donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the food pantry for people who could benefit from some extra food items.
It might not be chilly weather (then again, this is ‘spring’ in Maine), but the Islesford Congregational Church is pleased to announce that the Chili Nights Cook-off, Take 2 will be at noon on May 15. It will follow a joint service for the Great Cranberry and Islesford churches and will take place at the church. The chili will be bean, no bean or other; cornbread also is part of the competition. Contestants must preregister. Come to Islesford for a good time with friends from the two islands. It will raise money for the Colegio Moriah education program in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to Cary Alley for organizing the cook-off.
There’s an upcoming track and field meet in Bucksport on May 10. Root for the TCI kids! There was a meet in Brewer on May 3, results next week. The next meet will be on May 19 at Ellsworth. Cheer the kids on here or by getting to the meets.
The meet at the Mount Desert Island High School on April 26 included Cooper Sumner (sixth grade, GCI, long jump, 50-meter dash and 400), Xander Amuso (sixth grade, LCI, 50-meter dash, 400 and discus), Patrick Mocarsky (seventh grade, LCI, long jump, shot put and 100) and Beatrice Amuso (seventh grade LCI, long jump, discus, 100). Placing, Xander threw a discus 48 feet; Patrick ran the 100-meter dash in 14.96 seconds, had a long jump of 11.07 feet and shot put of 16.06 feet. Beatrice ran 100 meters in 17.35 seconds, had a long jump of 7 feet, 9.5 inches and a discus throw of 43.05 feet. Well done! This was with long wait times and foul weather: the temperature was in the mid to upper 30s, but the raindrops were white, pretending to be snow. Melissa Amuso, their coach, said “they were super duper stars. I am very proud of how they conducted themselves and represented the Cranberry Isles. Congratulations to all of them and their parents for everything you do in supporting them in their endeavors.”
The month of May holds many birthdays. On May 1, we had Peter Benson and Sofie Dowling. May 3 was the birthday of Richard Dudman, and May 4 was Barb Fernald’s. Happy birthday this week to Rick Benjamin and Jason Charels Kings on May 8, to Grace Hartley and Kate Valenta on May 9 and to Eric Porcaros on May 10. Fiona Stanley will celebrate on May 12, as will Mike Westphal on May 13.
Sallye and Jim Parrish just celebrated their 63rd anniversary! Jim says they eloped. They had a nice quiet dinner at home. Congratulations, Sallye and Jim!