Thanksgiving cooks needed

Emmie Sawyer turns our attention to delicious and delightful thoughts with the planning for our annual Island Thanksgiving. This year, the event takes place on Friday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Swans Island school gymnasium. Emmie requests, “I am seeking anyone willing to cook a turkey, gravy or stuffing. We need a total of 15 turkeys. I am also seeking anyone willing to make a pie or dessert and bring a vegetable. We are looking for 35 pies. The veggie doesn’t have to be fancy; simple corn, squash or peas will be great. The mashed potatoes are all set. Even if you cannot make a pie, we ask that everyone bring a vegetable to share. You can notify me through Facebook, private message, or my house phone (526-4036). Call anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be sign-up sheets at the town office/post office and the ferry terminal. Thanks so much.”

Bev McAloon has discovered multiple copies of an early 1990s SIES Library Cookbook, and they are on sale through the Historical Society for only $10. Look no further for a great recipe for the Island Thanksgiving or a Christmas present for family and friends. The cookbooks are found with Gwen May during her office hours and through the library website.

We express our condolences to the family and friends of David W. Hall, who passed away on Oct. 7. David spent some of his younger years on Swans Island where his father was minister for the Maine Sea Coast Mission. He wrote “Brush Camps and Rabbit Paths: My Boyhood on Swan’s Island, 1941-46” and published it in 1994. He allowed the Friends of the Swans Island Lighthouse to republish it in 2015, for which we are grateful.

Donna Wiegle informs us about the Island Institute Aquaculture Cohort and encourages those who have any interest in aquaculture – growing mussels, oysters or kelp – to apply for participation in this venture. The Island Institute tells us that oysters, mussels and kelp are being successfully harvested in waters off several Maine islands. They describe the expected commitment for those wishing to be part of the Aquaculture Cohort: “We expect to meet a day or two per month in Rockland this winter, plus occasional phone/video meetings and a couple of exchange trips. Participants also will have to work independently. Ideally, participants will learn enough over the winter to start growing oysters or mussels in spring 2016 or kelp in fall 2016. There may also be the opportunity to participate in one of the comprehensive, in-depth Aquaculture in Shared Waters training classes.” An application form, found at, must be submitted by Nov. 10.

Happy birthday to Rose McIntire, Carroll G. Staples, Travis May Sr., Mellard Cook and Kimo Bailey.

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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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