This is the meeting and decision-making time of the year; we have many important meetings to place on our calendars. Karen Preston Griffin informs us about a Maine DOT public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Swan’s Island School gymnasium: “Please join MaineDOT at a public meeting to discuss the proposed project consisting of ferry terminal modifications — the installation of two dolphins, walkways, and wave fence. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Aurele Gorneau, Senior Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333-0016, 624-3553 or Aurele.Gorneauii@maine.gov.”
Gwen May reminds us that the school budget meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 7-8 p.m. at the Swan’s Island School. She stresses the importance of participation: “This is the annual school budget. Come out and vote on three quarters of your tax dollars!”
She also mentions that the annual town meeting is Monday, March 4, and more information on this meeting is forthcoming.
Chelsea Riedel shares with us her daughter Clara’s new idea: “Clara wanted to create a group to earn badges and spend time with friends, so we created one. This will be run by me and some other parents. Do you love adventures? Do you want to earn badges? Do you want to make friends? Then join us for Island Adventures!
“What is it? A kids program where you complete fun activities to earn a badge, like Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. When is it? Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Where is it? The library. We will be earning badges for various activities and hope you can join us. Boys and girls ages 5-14 are welcome. Island Adventures begins Saturday, Feb. 23.”
So many people, both on the island and on the mainland, kept me in their thoughts and prayers as I underwent some medical procedures in Bangor recently; I thank you for these gestures that substantially contributed to the peace I felt. Jane Savage happened to be in the same waiting room at the same time as my husband Karl and he thanks her for the pleasant company she provided. My unending gratitude goes to my care team, especially Jodi Geaghan who kept me going during the roughest part of the procedure and Sgt. Billy Nelson for his assistance afterwards.
Happy birthday to Samuel Kenneth Davis, Mia Violet Davis, Wyatt M. Tapley, Betsy R. Philbrook, Kenny Ranquist, Bev McAloon, and Audrey Dangler. Anniversary blessings to Leonard and Jackie May, Jim and Sharon Stone and Joe and Denise Boisvert.
If you have news to share, please email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. E-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 526-4488.