Two graduate from Longfellow School



Adele Palmer and Cooper Sumner graduated from the Longfellow School on Great Cranberry on Friday night. Cooper is the son of Ben and Darlene Sumner of Great Cranberry, and Adele is the daughter of Amy and Will Palmer of Islesford. Adele will attend the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone; Cooper has not yet decided on his plans for high school.

A dinner and ceremony were on Islesford. Mary Lyman taught art this year; Christina Spurling was the music instructor, and the kids played and sang several songs. Bode Duggan and Luciana Pickering were preschool musicians. Samson Gaither is Cooper’s cousin and played him in a skit; Jessica Sanborn played Adele daydreaming at school: Wyatt Alley and Tristan Bennett played pangolins; Lauren Gray and Audrey Nother, usually the teachers, played Adele’s imagined dragons; the rest of the students were her books. (Tristan Bennett’s family moved to Islesford in March, and he made a big change taking a boat to school on another island.) Melanie Sanborn and April Mocarsky were Albino Twins in the dancing circus scene. While a technical difficulty was being fixed early in the program, Ashley Bryan led the islanders who came to celebrate in a recitation of Langston Hughes’ “My People.” Two more young’uns from the school but not on stage were Hank Archino and Elliott Damon Hadlock. Elliott was preschool; not sure about Hank, he might have been actual K but knows enough and absorbs enough he probably could have been second grade.

Two of Great Cranberry’s kids are finishing high school: Bri Sumner and Marla Walls. Congratulations, Bri and Marla!

Frances Blank and Cote Hadlock were married on Saturday at Islesford Neighborhood House. Cote is a firefighter, and they went for a ride on the firetruck. The beginning of the week had been cold and wet, but Saturday was blue sky and warm, perfect for a wedding.

We send our condolences to Barbara (Sanborn) Joy on the passing of her husband of 64 years, Irving V. Joy Jr. Barbara is the daughter of the late Dot and Clyde Sanborn of Cranberry Isles and the sister of the late Norman Sanborn. In addition to Barbara, Irving Joy is survived by their son, Jason Joy, and his wife Teresa of CA.and many nieces and nephews. Irving was predeceased by his son Irving V. Joy III. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family.

Islesford Boatworks has signed a lease for the Blue Duck, overlooking the harbor on the field in front of the museum, across from the Islesford Dock. They look forward to reviving a hardware-ship store on the island and are open for ideas of things to carry. It will start slow this summer and pick up next year.

Beal and Bunker is running a late boat for getting back to the island, leaving Northeast Harbor at 9 p.m. and going to Islesford. It leaves the Islesford Dock restaurant at 9:30 p.m., goes to Great Cranberry, then back to Northeast Harbor.

Cindy Thomas has new (to us) books at the Islesford Library. Titles and authors include Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now”; Jill Bolte Taylor’s “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”; “Compass South,” by Hope Larson; Stephen King’s “The Outsider”; Dorothea Benton Frank’s “By Invitation Only.” These are a few of them.

Coming up next month: the library’s annual Literary Evening will be on July 26.

The Islesford Historical Society will sponsor a book party with Cornelia Cesari at the Neighborhood House on Monday, June 18, from 2-4 p.m. She will introduce her new book from the Images of America series, “Baker Island.” We are the first stop on her tour all around the area. Join us for conversation, refreshments and to get your autographed copy of this beautiful, well-researched historic tome. Cornelia and her family have owned the old Schoolhouse on Baker for two generations. Thank you, Gail Grandgent, for arranging this event. There was an article about her book in the Arts & Living section of the June 7 edition of the Islander; she will speak at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on Wednesday, June 20.

Beano will be hosted by Darlene Sumner and Douglas Cornman at Cranberry House Arts Center on Friday, June 15, at 5 p.m. Beano games will be held monthly through September.

A Future’s Group meeting will be held at the Cranberry Island Community Center on Thursday, June 21, at 4:30 p.m.

Roy Hadlock will blow out candles on June 15. Happy birthday to Barbara Bryant on June 16 and to David Bunker and Allan McCormick on June 17. John Dwelley will celebrate on June 18, as will Joan Westphal on June 19.

Anniversary celebrations are in the air for two couples this June: Nate and Emilye Colby on June 20 and Norman and Kelly Sanborn on June 23. Congratulations to you all.

Quote of the week: “The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.” — Kate Chopin, American author (1851-1904).

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

We look forward to reporting all the news. Send items to us by 5 p.m. on Sunday. For Islesford, email Sally Rowan at [email protected], and for Great Cranberry, reach Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]
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