We extend our greatest appreciation for fire department Captain Rob Gardner, who always takes such good care of our island. He expresses his gratitude “to the Swan’s Island Fire Department members, Swan’s Island community members, Southwest Harbor Fire Department, Tremont Fire Department, Hancock County RCC and Maine State Ferry Service for their help at our fire call on Friday, May 28 – Teamwork at its finest!”
Many people have expressed confusion regarding the changing COVID-19 protocols for the ferry. We thank Mark Higgins, ferry services manager for the Maine State Ferry Service, for his guidance with these new protocols: “Masks are not required outside. The general public going into the terminal are not required to wear masks if they have been vaccinated; if someone is not vaccinated, we ask that they please wear a mask. On the ferry weather decks, no mask is required. In the cabins, everyone is required to wear a mask.“
Barbara Manz Howland shares with us: “The lighthouse was fortunate to host Zander Williamson this year as our resident volunteer. Zander helped us get the lighthouse ready for the 2021 season, which begins on Tuesday, June 22, and closes on Saturday, Sept. 11. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Please stop by this season to see all the lighthouse has to offer.”
Fran Chetwynd further describes some of these offerings: “The Historical Society exhibits and art and crafts by local artists will be on display and friendly folks will be on site to answer questions. The trails are always open! Almost 2 miles of trails wind around Hockamock Head and give access to two beaches – Burying Point Beach on the harbor side of the peninsula and Long Point Beach on the ocean side. The trails are open dawn to dusk. The rocking chairs on the keeper’s house porch are a fine place to sit and enjoy the view as you watch the lobster boats come and go. For COVID information, check the town’s latest COVID notice on the town’s website, www.swansisland.org, and Maine’s travel information for visitors at https://www.maine.gov/covid19/.”
Jeanne Hoyle updates us on the loosening of restrictions at the library: “With the repealing of the mask mandate, the library no longer requires patrons to wear a mask. We all have our own comfort zone, and, therefore, I will be wearing a mask. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask. We now allow 10 people in the building at a time for 30 minutes. If no one is waiting to come into the building, another 30 minutes will be allowed. We also allow children to come into the library – what a long wait to see them back in the building! They will need to wear a mask, though. Everything is moving so quickly that these new guidelines may change rapidly. I have also changed the hours slightly: Tuesdays and Saturdays are now 2–5 p.m. and Thursdays are 3–6 p.m. If these hours aren’t good for you, please call me for your own reserved time slot. If I am on the island, I am more than happy to accommodate you.“
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Josephine Swann who passed away on Wednesday, May 19, at Orono Commons. A service of remembrance was held on Tuesday, June 1, at the Swan’s Island Baptist Church, with an Eastern Star Service graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery. Gifts in Josephine’s memory to the following places are appreciated: Irene Chapter #97 O.E.S, P.O. Box 389, Ellsworth, ME 04605, Attn: Jeri A. Holt; or Shrine Crippled Children’s Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104; or Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
Happy birthday to Peyton Charlotte Sawyer, Julie Cesbron, Joanna Kohler Carter, John Harvey, Travis “J.R.” May Jr., Marshall Page Walker, Dwayne Scott Overlock, Roman Cook, Charlie Rabatin, Jacob Everett LeMoine and Bresdin Richard LeMoine. Anniversary blessings to Eric and Leah Staples, Sput and Janice Staples, Katelyn and James LeMoine, Jil and Randy Lewis and Wade and Rena Shaefer.
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