Islesford has been very quiet this week, except that we have a new resident! On Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:37 a.m., Marina Marilyn joined her sister Lucy and their parents Lindsay Eysnogle and Jason Pickering. She weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz., and was 21 inches. Congratulations, Lindsay and Jason. Lindsay’s mother, Lucy Eysnogle, has come east to be here. Jason’s mother, Joan, and his aunt Jane Porter look forward to spending time with them.
At the other end, there is sorrow among the Cranberry Isles residents who knew Gunnar Hansen, well known for his acting, but very involved on Mount Desert Island. Bob Pyle posted a message mentioning that Gunnar was on the board of directors of the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music for more than 25 years and very active in the Northeast Harbor Library as a trustee for 20 years or so. He was on the building committee when the library expanded and substantially increased in size. This past year, he was the chairman of the library board.
Thank you to Keith McPherson, Mike and Nate for making homes on the islands warmer and more efficient. They came out to Great Cranberry to install heat pumps, a new alternative to electric heating touted to be less expensive than oil. Here on the island, relying on oil heat means relying on a barge. In the winter, it is a lot harder to get a barge than in the other seasons. They stayed with Rosalie Kell while they were out here to work.
Chris Costello saved the day Sunday. Even though it was his day off, he drove the mail boat when the regular captain was no where to be found. The boat was loaded and full of passengers but no captain. When called, Chris had just got home and could have said he was too tired. It just goes to show how important ferry service is and how dependent the town is on it.
Congratulations to Alyssa Varnum for her acceptance into the National Honor Society. Alyssa is the daughter of Greg and Heather Varnum of Orland and the great-granddaughter of Gaile Colby of Cranberry. Well done, Alyssa.
Blair Colby is doing some excavation work around the pond behind the Cranberry House. It might turn out to be a nice skating pond this winter. And this spring, a pair of new ducks will call it home. The pond will be a beautiful place to sit and relax.
Do you know a Maine island student who wants to travel? Apply for a Geiger Scholarship before Nov. 30 for funding to go abroad during the school year or summer. Visit islandinstitute.org/scholarships. 2013–2014 Geiger Scholars and parents gathered for a luncheon hosted by Harvey and Pam Geiger at the Samoset to celebrate their travel experiences. Scholarship winners traveled to Europe and Australia this year.
Apologies for missing the calendar last week and not having a Veterans Day note for this week. Thank you to all the veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. services.
A special happy birthday to Kate Chaplin and Bettina Reece, who blow out candles on Friday, Nov. 13. Katie Morse Fernald has cake on Nov. 15.
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, email Jennifer Walls at [email protected]