Swan’s Island: Lighthouse’s season comes to and end this weekend

Someone very wise recently said to me, “It is good to see the kids move on and become successful, isn’t it? Island kids are OUR kids . . .”

Congratulations to Dori LeMoine and Elijah Joyce for making the dean’s list for the 2021 spring semester. Dori is in her senior year at the University of Maine at Augusta and Elijah goes to Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Keep up the excellent work!

Gwen May, daughters Sonja and Jill, and Jacob LeMoine (coming up from Rhode Island) recently attended Tyler Philbrook‘s graduation from the University of Vermont in Burlington. The graduation was postponed in May of 2020, so the college set Aug. 15 as the graduation date. Tyler is working for Audubon Vermont and his bio on the Audubon website, along with an article he wrote, “On the Frontlines of the Bobolink Project,” as well as a novel he penned, “A Drive on Dilloughby,” are must-reads. You can order “A Drive on Dilloughby” through Amazon.

Jacob LeMoine also graduated in May of 2020. He attended Bates College in Lewiston and his graduation was an online event – one that he watched from his home on Swan’s Island. Graduating as a double major in math and German, he now teaches math at a high school in Providence, R.I., and Gwen May tells us that he is looking forward to another year of teaching, especially in a new building.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Donald “Donnie” M. Staples who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19, at MDI Hospital. Bonnie Staples expresses her gratitude to everyone “for the cards, flowers, food, calls, and visits since Donnie has passed away. I’m grateful for the kindness shown to me. I appreciate all of you. God is good!” A graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Contributions in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Swan’s Island Ambulance Fund, Swan’s Island, ME 04685.

Fran Chetwynd exuberantly recommends that we “catch a load of pink crush”: “Recently we had a serious work day at the Keeper’s House. With expert help from Tim Treadwell and some awesome heavy equipment, a new path was laid down, making for easy walking from the front door of the keeper’s house around the corner to the tower. What is pink crush? It is crushed stone for pathways – Swan’s Island pink granite – converted into crush right here on the island. Tim is an artist with the excavator, moving big rocks and delivering crush exactly where it needs to be. Not to mention getting the enormous trailer with the excavator into the lighthouse parking lot and moving the excavator off the trailer and to the worksite. And that’s not all! There is new crush around the keeper’s house front door and a repaired sill. Stop by and check it out – and admire that fresh pink crush. Many thanks to the team of Bill Banks and Tim Treadwell for expert assistance and great support over the years for projects at the lighthouse. And thanks also to our awesome volunteers. Four Lighthouse Committee volunteers put in a hard morning’s work to make this happen. We love our volunteers and can always use more hands, heads and hearts.”

Don’t miss the last day of the season for the lighthouse! This Saturday, Sept. 11, the lighthouse keeper’s house and tower are open from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. – a great time for some early holiday shopping. Take a hike around the grounds, check out the pink crush and glory in the amazing restoration of our beautiful lighthouse.

Happy birthday to Sally Merchant, David Joyce, Vernon Johnson, Mandy LeMoine, Dave Niquette, Nancy Davis, Vincent William Tapley, Shooter Boisvert and Sput Staples. Anniversary blessings to Dusty and Tammie Staples and Erik and Sheena Greenlaw.


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Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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