Sure signs of spring seen

It is great to see the signs of spring on the island. The snow is all gone and the crocuses are up. Summer residents are starting to make plans to come back. Some of the school kids have gotten their bikes out so they can ride to the boat in the morning. The school kids have started their one spring sport. Track and field is the only sport that the island kids can participate in as a team. The school kids practice on Islesford after school. But the meets are on the mainland.

BIG thanks to Island Cooks after another successful season: Jen Walls, Jessica Duma, Beverly Sanborn, Eileen Richards, Becca Powell and Karin Whitney. The program was a great way to break up the long winter. Meals were delivered every other Saturday through the winter to our seniors.

There will be a Ladies Aid meeting on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Cranberry Island Community Center. See you there.

Patricia Bailey, director of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, writes that former long-time Great Cranberry Residents Isabelle and James Storey will be in Asheville, N.C., April 17-20 to visit with their granddaughter Heidi Thorpe and to view the exhibition “John Heliker: The Order of Things, 60 Years of Painting & Drawing” now on view at the Asheville Art Museum. Heidi moved to Asheville last fall from Florida.

Tuesday morning includes tea at the library. This week, thank you Ann Fernald for the coffee and to all who attended. Other attendees were Serena Spurling, Soos Valdina and Ashley Bryan, along with librarian/hostess Cindy Thomas.

The 5-8th grade ABS students were invited to join with MDES as they worked at two art classes all week. Friday afternoon the whole school went to MDES to see the exhibit and performance. Brenna Sullivan, Marla Walls and Bea Amuso dyed Ukrainian eggs. Xander Amuso carved a wooden bird and did some theatrical improv. Adele Palmer carved a walking stick and sang “Turning Tables” solo. Amber Walls did some creative fashion design.

The Islesford Library has a new set of “RLL Books,” including prints by Ashley Bryan from ten of Rosamond Lord‘s small linocuts. Sarah Corson explained the annual “RLL Books,” saying donations have been made to the “RLL Fund,” which supports the island children in the arts and crafts. This support is mostly through the school but also through the libraries on Islesford and Great Cranberry. The picture books selected each year are related to arts and crafts or are simply beautifully illustrated. The prints are made by Ashley. Next time you’re on the island, ask him if he’s had a chance to print more.

Edward Lear wrote about the owl and the pussycat going to sea, but Barb Shirey Fernald has heard a great horned owl and a saw-whet owl on the island in the last few days.

Birthdays: Oliver Blank adds one on April 25, as does Johnny Myers. Eric Dyer celebrates on April 26. Happy birthday!

Anniversaries: Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens’ anniversary is on April 28.

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]


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