Swans school welcomes new staff

We welcome Swans Island School’s new principal, Crystal DaGraca, and middle school teacher, Michelle Whitman. Many may remember Crystal when she was our middle school teacher a number of years ago. More recently, she has taught at Tremont Consolidated School, and we are pleased to see her back as our new principal. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minn., Michelle has taught at Holbrook Middle School in Holden, as well as on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in East Glacier Park, Mont. She and her husband, Stuart, have three boys who attend school at Boston University and the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. We welcome our new and returning staff and students.

Many of you may have seen on Fox Channel 7, Swans Islanders en masse this past week at The Island Market and Supply Store (TIMS). Protesting of the mail situation and the USPS handling of L.J. Hopkins’ contract continues. I hear that “Down East” magazine will soon run a story on this, and the petition for restoring L.J.’s original contract has over 600 signatures. Keith Harriton updates us on the legal actions taking place: “Please be advised that I have teamed up with Venable LLP to file a bid protest in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. A pre-filing notice has been filed with the court and the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking an injunction from the court and compelling the USPS to rescind the solicitations and negotiate a continuation of L.J.’s previous contract. The USPS will receive this notice immediately. A formal complaint will be filed next week. It is the first step in our court battle. Thank you all!”

This is the last call for visiting the lighthouse for the season. Our final day is Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the tower; shop for sweatshirts, T-shirts, hats, great books, prints, artworks from local artists and other items; peruse the exhibit; and breathe in the tranquil ocean air. Hope to see you there.

Numerous islanders have commented how touched they were with the beautiful service of remembrance for Max Creswell this past week. The service included lots of music, sharing of memories and readings for a special member of our community. We extend a warm “Welcome home!” to Meredith Creswell and look forward to seeing more of her in the near future.

Always giving to the community, Meredith Creswell announced a favorite event for many … an island-wide hymn sing. “What is your favorite hymn? Old? New? All are invited to join us for our hymn sing this Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Advent Christian Church. Call out your request, and the musicians will do our best to play it for you! Come to sing and/or play an instrument as we ‘Make a joyful noise to the Lord.’”

Happy birthday to George Kuck, Sally Solotaroff Mirkin, Vincent William Tapley, David Joyce, Vernon Johnson, Dave Niquette, Nancy Davis and Shooter Boisvert. Anniversary blessings to Erik and Sheena Greenlaw and Erik and Annie Swartzwelder.

Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

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