Great Cranberry Island is undergoing a transformation. Lifeless brown is giving way to fresh greens. I find myself looking for new growth each day. Cranberry General Store is now open on Saturdays. It is still closed on Sundays. Summer families are returning, and the harbor is filling with boats.
At a recent track meet, Beatrice Amuso increased the distance of her discus throw. This week it went 38 feet 6 inches. She ran the 100-meter dash in 16.82 seconds and was second in her heat. She also was second in her heat with 8.24 seconds for the 50-meter dash. Well done, Beatrice. Marla Walls was not able to go to this meet, but a couple of days later, wanna-be-warm spring air had them in shorts and T-shirts as they ran barefoot along Sand Beach.
Sweaters went back on a day or two later, but there are promises of kinder weather. More true signs of spring include lawn mowers starting to move and outdoor work hinting ever more strongly that we can put our down coats and winter boots in storage.
The “welcome home” season has begun. There is a new family at the Rice House on Great Cranberry. Rosalie Kell and her son, Will Pearce, arrived Friday morning on the work boat with a truckload of personal belongings to set up housekeeping. Will is a student at Maine Maritime Academy and Rosalie works for the nonprofit International Partners in Mission in Bar Harbor. We are very excited to have them as our newest island residents.
Cynthia and Dan Lief, Sue and Richard Hill, and Jeanne and Cliff Smith have returned to Islesford. Eric and Chris Sandberg came out for the weekend to get their house ready for summer to start. Some golf carts are coming out of hiding. Across the way, angle parking has resumed in Northeast Harbor, and there are enough visitors and cars in Bar Harbor that the long stretches of open spaces are gone; we have to remember how to parallel park.
The Ashley Bryan students are going on a four-day field trip to Augusta. This is one of several inter-island events. Students on the outer islands get together to participate in events that they normally would be unable to do. Attending school on an island is a unique experience. Sometimes it’s a challenge for the students to make connections with peers. That is why these field trips are so important. It gives the kids a chance to interact in a larger group. Also, they get to spend time on the mainland. The trip starts in Southwest Harbor at the Wendell Gilley Museum. After lunch, they go to a campground near Augusta. They also will have the opportunity to speak to the Maine State Legislature about island schools.
Natasha Olearcek is Mount Desert Island High School’s Student of the Month for April. Congratulations, Natasha!
Birthdays: Melissa McCormick, Sally Rowan and Dan Fernald have May 16 in common. Cory Alley almost made it a foursome, but waited until the May 17. Whit and Sannah Chaplin party on May 20, and Jim Fortune celebrates on May 21. Happy birthday to all!
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 Jennifer Walls at [email protected]