Great Cranberry Island’s Mike Westphal ran in the 120th Boston Marathon last week; his last time running it was 24 years before. He had an incredibly inspiring race that left the whole island cheering, and a few community members even went down to Boston to see it. The last time Mike finished the marathon was 30 years ago, this time clocking a time of 3:38:58. He ran the first 20 miles with his brother, Rolf, alongside him, maintaining a pace of 8 minutes per mile. Mike did not want a repeat of his last marathon, The Great Run here on Great Cranberry, when he fell twice when his brain was not sending signals to his legs. The two brothers decided to take their time, slowing their pace as to finish and enjoy the moment, stopping along the way to hug friends and family.
Three nights earlier, Mike was a guest speaker at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research banquet dinner in New York City, where he finally met Michael J. Fox. Last June, he raised more than $38,000 for the foundation when he qualified for the Boston Marathon with his 3:32:56 finish at The Great Run. At this year’s run, he raised even more for the foundation, totaling almost $60,000. Crow Athletics and MDI Marathon founder Gary Allen accompanied Mike in the Boston Marathon. He had been nursing a knee injury in recent months but persevered to finish his 100th career marathon in 5:26:57.
The annual Maine EMS Merit Award is “conferred for contributions to the EMS system at the local or regional level. The candidate should have demonstrated involvement and contribution in one or more areas of EMS activity.” Katelyn Damon, head of Cranberry Isles Rescue, is one of this year’s recipients. Congratulations, Katelyn, and many thanks for all you do.
Margaret Snell, assistant to the director of island health of the Maine Sea Coast Mission, was Cindy Thomas’ host for the Maine Health Access Foundation meeting in Hallowell. Thanks again to the Sea Coast Mission for helping islanders know about the resources and how to attain them.
Mother’s Day is just a week away! Muffins for Mom is coming right up! Sunday, May 8, the Cranberry Isles Youth Group is spoiling Islesford mothers in the Neighborhood House Ladies’ Parlor at 3 p.m. Following the muffins, worship at the Islesford Congregational Church with special music from the youth and a special gift to all mothers present.
The spring field sports season is here! Tuesday’s competition was held at MDI high school’s field.
May Day birthday! Tom Morse and Peter Benson each celebrate another birthday on May 1. Happy birthday to Richard Dudman on May 3. Barb Shirey Fernald blows out candles on May 4, followed by Karen Fernald Smallwood on May 5. Happy birthday!
Many happy returns to Sally Rowan and Skip Stevens on April 28 and to Cindy and Dave Thomas as they celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on May 2.
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 Kayla Gagnon at [email protected]