Swans Islanders welcome youngest resident

Our newest islander is Charlotte Joyce Riedel, born on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Mount Desert Island Hospital. Weighing in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches, Charlotte is blessed to have big sister Clara, parents Chelsea Tripler and Thomas Riedel II and a multitude of loving family members on our island.

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey Wayne Reed, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 23. Many thoughts and prayers go especially to his sister Janice Staples.

Donna Wiegle announced that on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Mill Pond Health Center, Dr. Timothy Oh and the staff of Caring Hands of Maine Dental Center will be on the island for the day offering dental services. New patients are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 667-6789.

Our high school students, along with a number of islanders, were stranded for one night on the mainland when the ferry unexpectedly shut down this past Friday. Many thanks go to Tammy Tripler, who put into place an emergency housing and feeding plan for the students, and to Sonja Philbrook and Crystal DaGraca for their willingness to chaperone those students who stayed in a local hotel.

All are invited to the first meeting of Healthy U Healthy Me on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Swans Island library. This is a get-together for “experience, encouragement and exchange of recipes for healthful living.”

This past week, Gwen May organized a mock voting at the town office for the sixth through eighth graders plus a few home-schooled children who missed it the last time she did it. She said, “Hopefully this brings out, if not a candidate for a town office position later on, then a couple of people who would eventually be interested in local affairs as they become of age. Or they could reach beyond Swans Island and become involved in government at some level. At the least, they will know what to expect when they turn 18 and come to the polls.” The poll results: Trump (13) over Clinton (2) for president; Poliquin (9) over Cain (3) for U.S. representative; Langley (9) over O’Neill (2) for state senator; Walter Kumiega III (5) for state representative (no contestant); Coughlin (9) for register of probate (no contestant); and Ehrlenbach (8) over Blasi (2) for county commissioner. The referendum questions were as follows: 1. Legalize marijuana – 5 yes, 11 no; 2. Funding for K-12 Education through raising taxes for those who make over $200,000 – 6 yes, 8 no; 3. Require background checks on gun sales – 6 yes, 8 no; 4. Raise minimum wage -11 yes, 2 no; 5. Allow ranked-choice voting – 6 yes, 6 no; 6. Bond issue (transportation) – 4 yes, 6 no.

Quote of the Week: “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” – E.B. White

Happy birthday to Kyleigh Elizabeth Kitchen, Erik Greenlaw, Travis May Sr., Rose McIntire, Carroll G. Staples and Mellard Cook.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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