Summer heat drives people into drink

The cold water has not hindered the adventurous from jumping into the Atlantic off the dock. As the heat gets to people, they look with longing at the clear water. NOAA has readings of the water temperature at 56 degrees. It is so cold that it immediately takes your breath away. Despite that, at least 10 people have jumped into the frigid water, and some even went back for more.

Rick Benjamin and Mike Glazer had a poetry reading on Great Cranberry Sunday night. Several Islesfordians attended: Marian Baker, Ron and Emilie Axelrod, Starr Bright, Ashley Bryan, Skip Stevens, and Robin and Dean Smith, who first came to Islesford at Ashley’s recommendation and have come ever since. Dean and Ashley often see each other at conferences and award ceremonies, especially the Newbery and Caldecott presentations.

Dockside Veterinary Services visited the islands this week. My dog, a pit bull named Bullet, was a little nervous walking down the ramp to the float. But once other dogs showed up, curiosity took over. They came in all shapes and sizes. Dotty, with her short legs and long ears, couldn’t wait to see what was going on. She pulled her owner, Mark Alley, as fast as she could to the commotion on the float. Little Cookie Dough, a long-haired Chihuahua much beloved by the Gathers, also was eager to meet the bigger dogs. The biggest dog must have been Hank. He didn’t need anything. He just came to hang out with the others, like Pirate, a large black lab mix who loves to play. Dr. Margaret Shively was happy to see all the dogs and a few cats. As her husband, Captain John Williamson, said, this is a way of life for the both of them. Combining a love of the water with the love of pets has worked out well for them. This is a type of working vacation. They spend a few weeks each summer visiting the islands. Margaret’s full time practice in Kennebunk has been in business for 29 years. The traveling vet service they have done for seven and plan to continue. They plan on going to Swans, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut and Vinalhaven. If you missed them this time, don’t worry, they will be back later this summer.

Cory and Cari Alley went to the 2015 Stonington Lobster Boat Races on Sunday. They were accompanied by Brenna, Rubye, the Amuso’s and Olearcek‘s and other friends. A good time was had by all, and Under Pressure went fast and threw some water.

There was a Bar Road Block Party this past Saturday. The Blake Rosso Band was at Paul and Joanne Thormann‘s house, and the rest of the party went up and down the street.

Coming up this Saturday, July 18, and again on July 25 is a Mystery Dinner Theater “Gone Postal!” at the Islesford Neighborhood House. The play is written and directed by Mary Morse Dwelley. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Islesford Library at 244-9565 or from Ellie Miller at 244-7709. Seating is limited to 70 for each performance. A wonderful dinner is provided; BYOB.

Registration is now open to sign up and join Islesford Boatwork’s 10K Row-a-thon. The Boatworks will provide everything, even a boat. To register as a rower, to support your other favorite rower and for more information, visit or talk to Hugh Smallwood or Tony Archino.

“Three Days Painting on a Maine Island,” the art sessions Henry Isaacs and Ashley Bryan host each September, are going fast. The first session is filled, while there are five spots remaining in the second session as this column is being written). Visit for more information and to register if there is still space in the second session.

The next Islesford Neighborhood House movie is “The Blues Brothers” on Monday, July 20. Be there at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn, water, lemonade and possibly unsweetened tea will be available. “The Net Job” will be shown upstairs for children and young’uns.

Christina Blank‘s and John Dwelley‘s birthdays are on July 18; Jeri Spurling celebrates on July 19; and Paul Fernald and Taylor Theriault share July 21.

Melissa and Jim Amuso‘s anniversary is July 25; Barb and Bruce Fernald‘s is July 28; and Denise and Mitch McCormick celebrate on July 31.

Happy birthday and happy anniversary to all!

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, reach Jennifer Walls at [email protected]



Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

Sally Rowan and Jennifer Walls

We look forward to reporting the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, reach Jennifer Walls at [email protected]
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