Conversing by telephone with my husband the other evening — He had to stay on the mainland for work — while enjoying the view of the harbor from my piano room, I nearly dropped the phone when I spied a ram sauntering across our backyard. After clarifying to my spouse that it was a real ram, not a Dodge Ram like he thought, I quickly called my neighbors Pacita and Carlton Joyce, the owners of this beautiful creature. As Carlton wooed and the forlorn ram wailed, Pacita explained to me that they had sequestered the ram’s horse companion, owing to weather and health conditions. Searching for his friend, the lonesome ram has broken out of his pen multiple times recently and wandered as far as Jane and Clay Savage’s house, Malleye’s Pond and now my home. A true love story, Swans Island style.
Sarah Lane, Donna Wiegle, Leah Ranquist and others have encouraged us to fill out, preferably prior to the upcoming hearing on Feb. 20, the Maine DOT customer satisfaction survey. Donna said, “I just completed the survey and there is plenty of opportunity to comment on the Maine State Ferry Service. It took me about 15 minutes to complete, but I wrote a lot of specific comments about the ferry service, the rate increase, MaineDOT, Ferry Advisory Board meetings, etc., where there was an opportunity to ‘free text’ comments. It is about MaineDOT as a whole, but you can address the ferry service in many of the questions.” You can access the survey through maine.gov/mdot/ferry/.
Four important meetings occur within the next few weeks. All meetings take place in the Swans Island school gymnasium. Mark your calendars for the following: Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., for the Maine State Ferry Service Swans Island public hearing on the rate increase; Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., for the town budget meeting — Come hear what is planned for the budget before you go to town meeting, so you can be prepared to give an educated vote.; Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., for the school budget meeting — Regular school board meeting will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.; Monday, March 5, at 9 a.m., for the annual town meeting — The town clerk will be available at 8:30 a.m. for those who want to register to vote or to change information on their voter registration card.).
Crystal DaGraca has requested our input: “The Swans Island School Board would like to collect feedback on how students, staff, families, and community members feel the teaching/principal position is going at the Swan’s Island Elementary School. Crystal DaGraca is in her first year as both principal and grades 3-5 teacher. Please identify any areas of strength or areas or growth. If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to add those to the form as well. Please complete this form by Friday, Feb. 16, as all feedback will be discussed at the Feb. 27 School Board meeting. Printed copies of the form are available at the town library. Thank you for your feedback!”
Happy birthday to Christine Dentremont, Lawrence Stanley, Jackson Laws, Jacques Cesbron, Bud Martin III, Lucia Tola Dy, Samuel Kenneth Davis and Anna Belle Joy Ward. Anniversary blessings to Katie Banks and Matt Wilson and Carroll and Lindsay Staples.