The Great Run was on June 20 and brought more people to this island than all spring. There was a lot of preparation for the runners of the 26.2-mile marathon and the longer Ultra. Beal and Bunker had two boats Saturday morning, one for the mail and regular passengers and one for the runners. The weather was perfect for the race. American flags were flying all along the race track. A giant green inflatable arch presided over the starting and finish line. Encouraging banners were placed in several places along the track. Several islanders set up tables with drinks for the runners to grab along the way. Local emergency medical staff were on site and ready.
The island is only about seven miles long, and the road is less than that. The track of the race was up and down the road a few times. The race started at the Community Center at 11:37 a.m. There were 69 runners who started out. Some were running the marathon. Some were in a four-person team relay. One group, called the Maine Running Fossils, proved that you’re never too old to stay in shape. Some ran in the Ultra, running as far as possible in six hours.
Men and women ran in an almost even mix. The ages of the runners were from 24 to 64. They came from all over New England and some from New York and one from Florida. Runners came from many places, but the most important one was local: Mike Westphal, from Great Cranberry, ran the full length, and was in time to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon. A large group of fans were present to cheer him on and rejoice with his success. Every one on the island was rooting for him. Before the race, he was just hoping to finish. He raised over $30,000 in pledges for the Michael J Fox Foundation. The bells in the church rang when Christopher Hill crossed the finish line first. They rang again seven minutes later when Michael finished with a second place win. He has been training through the spring, and all that hard work paid off. He is an inspiration to us all. All the runners worked hard, and after the race, they had a cookout and camped in the field behind the Community Center. I felt bad for them Sunday morning as I woke up to rain. It was a sad and very wet farewell to the runners as they boarded the morning boat. Complete results are available through a link thegreatrun.crowathletics.com.
The Ashley Bryan School celebrated the end of the year by hosting island residents to see what they have done. Their projects included figures made from corn cobs, story books and music. The older kids’ music has included some jazz-type of work, including piano and drums for meter, while flute, guitars, and others work in. Xander Amuso plays an electric bass guitar and had a wonderful time playing an old ACDC with the two teachers. The younger kids played a variety of instruments; all of them joined and did African drumming, a two-part piece with lyrics saying “People want Peace.”
Sarah Corson and the RLL Fund gave the materials needed for the school children to study birds and design feeders for their choice of bird. Courtney Chaplin built the feeders, and the children painted them.
Katelyn Damon passed the practical exam for the state FF1 and FF2 certification. Congratulations, Katelyn! It’s good to have another certified firefighter on the islands.
Sharon Daley, coordinator of Dr. Kurt Kelly’s trip to the Cranberry Isles for vision checks, reports: “We had a very busy successful day of vision screening on your islands. Kurt worked hard and saw 26 people! Thank you to the people who helped make this work by transporting, baking, putting up notices, letting me stay at their house etc. I, as always, enjoyed being with you.”
Anthony (Tony) Henry Archino is the head of the boat building program at the Ravenhill’s barn. Boat building starts next Monday, June 29, for youth and Tuesday, June 30 for teens. Registration is necessary before a person begins; Tony has the paperwork available at the barn.
Steve Krasnow put a phone extension in the INHA, which means medical visits can include private phone calls.
Dr. Margaret Shively and her crew of Dockside Veterinary Services are coming to the Cranberry Isles in July and August. They will be at Islesford Town Dock on Saturday, July 11, from 1-4 p.m., Friday, July 17, from 9-11 a.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 1-4 p.m.
The Great Cranberry Isles Ladies Aid will host a Fourth of July picnic at the Ball field on Saturday, July 4, at noon. Bring your grills and potluck goodies to share with friends and neighbors. Badminton, games and soccer for the young and young at heart and a good time will be had by all. Watermelon and drinks will be donated by the Ladies Aid members of Cranberry Island! Hope to see you there.
A Book & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and we need donations of baked goods! See Ingrid for more.
Susan Locke Pierson celebrates a new birthday on June 28. Cynthia Eiseman Lief can have birthday desserts at the Islesford Dock Restaurant on June 29. Having a new baby, Becca Powell gets a special enjoyment of her own birthday on the June 29. Jump to July 3 for Nate Philbrook‘s party.
Jeanne and Cliff Smith celebrate their anniversary on June 28. Christina Spurling and Andrew Trepenier have theirs on June 30.
Happy birthday and happy anniversary 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]