This Sunday was a good day for democracy on the Cranberry Isles! Although the Republican caucus was held off island, registered Democrats convened at the home of Jeri and Ted Spurling to discuss the two candidates for the Democratic Party. The 14 voters amicably chose to send a delegate in support of Bernie Sanders to Portland this May. Voters traveling from Great Cranberry and the mainland were grateful to be able to attend the caucus – a town boat had not been secured that Friday, and Ted Spurling generously donated his time and the use of his boat to give both islands a chance to participate. Thanks Ted!
Feb. 29 was a day to be marked by a dip. Joy Sprague, Stefanie Alley, Cindy Thomas and Barb Shirey Fernald had their once-every-four-year leap dip. They’re pretty good recognizing the water’s temperature, though this time, there were a couple of optimists: the guesses were 37, 38, 40 and 42 degrees! Optimism is appropriate: the official temperatures were 36.9 degrees in Bar Harbor and 40 degrees at the Eastern Maine Shelf buoy, a tad different from the last day of February a year ago.
Kaitlyn Duggan brought dyes and necessary tools and introduced Ukrainian Easter egg dying. Those who came brought their own eggs; Barb Fernald brought the better part of a dozen more for those who might want to do more than one, or perhaps to lay a cracked (or worse) one to rest and start again. Barb Fernald, Lauren Simmons, Ann Fernald, Serena Spurling, Sally Rowan, Mary E. Schuch, Lindsay Eysnogle, Kathleen Lake, Jeri Spurling, Christina Spurling and Andrew Trepanier admired each other’s work, swapped stories and had a good time together. Some beautiful shells are the result of the day; pictures are posted on the Cranberry Isles Information Page on Facebook.
The Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid is a busy place in winter as well as summer, with meetings, winter church services, coffee hour and Aid events. This month, “Pie (π) Night” will be held on Monday, March 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. Bring a delicious sweet or savory pie to share with your neighbors. Coffee, tea, water and cold milk will be provided by Aid members. This is a no-fee event, so bring the family for a bit of food and fun. See you there.
The Ladies Aid also will hold a meeting on Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. to discuss the summer schedule, summer fair plans, barn sales, recent building updates, repairs and more. New member are always welcome, so drop by and find out what this 116-year-old island organization works to provide for the Cranberry Island Community.
Progress! At New Year’s, the sun didn’t rise until 7:07 a.m. Last Saturday, March 5, it broke another hour and now rises before 6 a.m. The first full day of spring isn’t until March 21, but the actual equinox here will be next Tuesday, March 15, when sunrise is at 6:41 a.m. and sunset is at 6:42 p.m. Daylight Savings starts Sunday, if you were wondering how the days could get longer and sunrise be later.
Question: what does “organic” mean? “Organic” milk, pasteurized at a high temperature to give it a longer life, enriched with calcium and vitamins A and D. Reminds me of the old margarine ads “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”
Happy belated birthday this week to myself (Sarah McCracken) on March 7. Edgar Blank chalks up another birthday on March 10. Tom Powell celebrates on March 11. Happy birthday to Freddie Kehoe, Mark Fernald and Cody Tozier on March 12. Linda Lunt’s birthday is March 14. Elliott Damon Hadlock turns 3 on March 15, and Martha Miller’s party is on March 16.
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.