Ben Stevens and Andrea Ruby, who met when working in the kitchen of the Islesford Dock Restaurant in 2013, were married on Saturday, May 28, in Baltimore, Md. Andrea has just graduated from Duke University, in Durham, N.C.; Ben has just graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Ben will be on the State of Maine ship from the academy part of this summer; Andrea will be on Islesford with her friends and in-laws, Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens. Andrea and Ben will be in Durham when she starts teaching science at one of the high schools this fall. Ben’s sister Meg and brother Chris, Andrea’s sister Kristin and brother Connor were among the wedding party; Andrea’s Duke roommate Callan Corcoran was her maid of honor, and Ben’s best man was Joe Torchia from MMA. Ben’s aunt and Islesford visitor Jeanne Kohn was the organist.
The bird pond on Cranberry Road was drained this past week to install a fire hydrant for the fire department’s use. The ducks and birds may not be so pleased with their swimming grounds being a little low, but it will fill soon, and they’ll be able to continue their splashing while the island enjoys a new, reliable fire hydrant.
Patrick Mocarsky, Beatrice Amuso and Cooper Sumner were in the top 10 percent of track-and-field competitors invited to the state track-and-field competition, held Monday, May 23. Patrick placed 13th overall in the 1600-meter race at 5 minutes, 51 seconds, Cooper came in 15th overall with 8.47 seconds in the 50-meter race, and Beatrice came in 30th overall with 47.07 ft in discus. Congratulations to all, and thank you and congratulations to Melissa Amuso for teaching and coaching them.
The schoolchildren of Great Cranberry put on a fantastic performance last weekend at the church. They have been meeting weekly at the Cranberry House, learning how to play guitar and practicing songs to perform to the community in a demonstration of their incredible talent and skill. Hallie Sumner also sang a capella a new pop song by Meghan Trainor, “No.” Way to rock out, gurl!
The Memorial Day dinner at the ladies aid this past weekend was a lovely gathering of island souls. The aid was filled with island family and friends eating and laughing together. Adults chatted and laughed while children scampered around. Thanks to all those who helped cook the delicious meal and provided food to nourish island tummies.
The Cranberry Cove ferry has started. Many thanks to Mandy Bracy for all she did these past three weeks to get Sutton ready to go back in the water. Miss Lizzie is in Bar Harbor for a few weeks, but will be joining the Cranberry Cove service soon.
Not only is there now boat service to Manset and Southwest Harbor, but prescriptions from Carroll Pharmacy will be sent out to the islands, arriving at Great Cranberry at 4:40 p.m. (and 5:20 p.m.), and Islesford at 5 p.m. Carroll’s does not charge for the delivery to the boat, and the Cranberry Cove boat service does not charge.
Cari Alley has reported the schedule for the dump, which doesn’t take holidays. Summer hours change in June for the summer months. The hours will be 8 a.m. to noon Monday and Thursday. Trash pick-up will be every Monday starting June 6. Trash needs to be by the roadside by 8 a.m. and needs to be bagged.
If anyone has questions regarding trash or pick-up and what is allowed for pick-up, who it is for, etc., they should call B.C.M. Construction at 276-5766 or the town office at 244-4475.
As May comes to an end, the island seems to be coming into summer at high speed. Lupines are blasting upward to the sun, starting to open up to sing. The day trippers are starting to stroll up and down Cranberry Road with warm smiles and brimming eyes, amazed to be walking up and down our main drag. More community faces are reintegrating into the island.
Another high-speed sign of summer’s arrival is the harvest starting! The girls volunteering their time to Great Cranberry’s Island Ecology Project have been working exceptionally hard this spring to bring local agriculture to the island and continue to grow and work upon the symbiotic nature of the island’s unique ecology, relationships both human and natural. This project was started last spring by residents Sarah McCracken, Jessi Duma and Kayla Gagnon. They have added a new member to the gang this year, Page Hill.
Their island-wide compost duties have been reinstated, and new ground has been worked. The IEP gals last year grew food in gardens of year-round residents Blair Colby, Mark Alley and Mickey MacFarland, and this year have added Sam Donald’s nettle haven to their list. This past week was their first harvest of rich spinach, which they gave to Mickey and Cesar, who owns Hitty’s Cafe. Be sure to see what’s on his menu that is grown in local gardens across the island or check out the farm stand that starts June 18. All community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in selling any goods at the farm stand location on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Annual Blessing of the Fleet will be this Sunday, June 5, from 12-2 p.m. There will be food and family-fun activities. At 2 p.m., the Blessing of the Fleet will take place in Islesford Harbor.
Some birthdays coming up this June are for Isabel Weibel on June 1, Ken McCafferty and Holly Stanley on June 2, Henry Thomas St. Germain on June 4, Brendan Harlan on June 5, Louise Akers on June 8, Fisher Michael Curran on June 9, Cassie Savage on June 11, Rosie Silvers on June 13 and Richard Beal on June 14. Susan Locke Pierson’s birthday is June 28; Cynthia Eiseman Lief and Becca Powell add another on June 29.
Jeanne and Cliff Smith will celebrate their anniversary on June 28; Christina Spurling and Andrew Trepenier add another year to their marriage on June 30.
Celebrate with joy!