Westphal interviewed by WLBZ

Longtime Great Cranberry Island resident Michael Westphal is an inspiration to all. In a recent interview, Johnny Mahler of WLBZ featured him and his preparation for the Great Run, a 26.2-mile race held Saturday, June 20, on GCI. Despite battling Parkinson’s, Michael runs daily, even in the rain. Living with Parkinson’s can be discouraging – I know it was for my mother – but Michael’s accomplishments shows the power of the human spirit.

The track team, Marla Walls and Bea Amuso, had their first meet Wednesday in Bucksport. Bea competed in the discus, 100- and 50-meter dash. Marla competed in the 100- and 200-meter dash. The next meet was scheduled for May 5 in Ellsworth. Their coach, Melissa Peterson Amuso, wrote: I am so very proud of all the effort that the girls have put into preparing for the meet. They have been practicing so hard and really concentrating on what they are doing. Huge round of applause for them both.

The Newman and Gray boatyard has been busy getting boats uncovered and launched. The nets are up at the tennis courts. The dock has been busy as summer residents return with their luggage. It’s a great time to be on the island.

Submissions are needed for the 2016 GCI Calendar to benefit the Ladies Aid. Please send us your 1MB or larger horizontal photos before May 25. Winning entrants will receive a free calendar and a year of fame. Send to [email protected]

The Cranberry Isles and Islesford Post Offices are collecting food for the 23rd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. All your non-perishable donations will be taken to a local food pantry.

Alma Louise, weighing in at 8 lbs. 3 oz., was born to Kelly Lesser and Joaquin Espinoza on March 31 in Washington, D.C., making Susie Bancroft Espinoza a very proud grandmother. All are doing well. Congratulations. We hope to meet Alma over the summer.

Elizabeth T is back. Morning commutes leave GCI at 6:15 a.m. then leave Islesford at 6:30 a.m. Arrival at NEH is 6:50 a.m. The afternoon commute also changes. The 5 p.m. commuter boat has ended, with passengers taking the 4:30 p.m. mail boat. Beal & Bunker’s mail boat leaves NEH at 7:30 a.m, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It leaves Islesford at 8:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The stop at Great Cranberry is halfway through the trip, from NEH at 7:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.; to NEH at 8:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Barbara N. Hathaway has gone to the Lego Fair in Manchester, N.H., with Hillary May and Hillary’s son Trey.

Kathleen Lake’s nephew, Johnny Lake, a senior at NYU, has run in the NCAA Division III team; he has the second-best time in the nation among Division III athletes this season, running a 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:03:12. Not only was this a personal best by 25 seconds, but he also broke the NYU record by more than six seconds. Congratulations! Enjoy, Kathleen.

Issue 9-1/2 of “The Island Reader,” a digest of the past nine issues, will come out this summer. The editing team met last weekend on Sunbeam out at Isle au Haut.

Roadwork on  and near MDI is back in force. The intersection of Routes 3 and Route 204, the Jordan River Road, is being rebuilt. Work on Route 102 in Southwest Harbor, en route to Manset, also has begun. Allow more time to get where you’re going.

Happy belated birthday to Peter Benson, Sofie Dowling, twins Emily and Genny Seanor and Brandon Russell all on the first. Mary Morow celebrated on May 2. Richard Dudman and Helen O’Neil had cake and ice cream on May 3. Barb Fernald and Roger Savage enjoyed their birthdays on May 4. Jason Charles King and Rick Benjamin will blow out candles on May 8. Grace Hartley and Kate Valenta share May 9 as their special day, and Eric Porcaro will be surrounded by family on May 10. May 11 is the birthday of our friend B.P. Weir in New York. May 12 is Fiona Stanley’s special day. On May 13, our friend, island runner Mike Westphal gets a special hug from us all. Happy birthday to all. If we don’t have your birthdays, please send them to us by email.

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]


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