Winter warmth waning



In the days leading up to Christmas, boat owners on GCI could be heard expressing regrets that they had hauled out their outboards so soon. The sea infrequently has donned its winter whitecaps, the pool often inviting kayakers, maybe even a bold swimmer to slip into its glassy waters. We are all reveling in our steady topped-off oil gauges that haven’t dipped a bit and the wood piles in the backyard that are still standing tall. Alas, weather reports predict an end to this long autumn soon.

Santa did not bring snow to Great Cranberry, but he did visit the island early, delivering a doll to a little girl whose family was leaving the island for the holidays. Mr. Claus enlisted the help of Postmaster Eileen Richards, who rushed to the girl’s home with the doll before her family left for vacation. Many families headed to the mainland to visit with relatives for the holidays. Those who stayed had the option of attending a Christmas Eve service with resident pastor Tom Powell.

Many thanks go to Danny and Linda Lunt for running the mailboat on Christmas. It was wonderful for islanders to be able to go off or host those who came on for Christmas dinners.

Lindsay Eysnogle and Jason Pickering hosted a party attended by those who were on the island. Bill McGuiness, Sonja and Finn, on Islesford for a week, were there, guitar and violin in hand to play music; Jeri Spurling had her flute, and Lindsay played guitar. Ted Spurling, Serena Spurling, Ricky Alley and Paul Brumaghim were among the others at the party.

Islesford now has an indoor croquet set. Melissa Amuso hosted an afternoon of croquet at Islesford Neighborhood House last weekend and will host more. Come practice for next summer! Since it’s now January, I might say “this” summer.

We’re another year beyond the banks’ (and many others’) panic from all four digits of the year changing. Kids born that year might get driver’s licenses this year. “Time, like an ever-rolling stream … .” Dory of “Finding Nemo” might say, “Just keep rolling, just keep rolling.”

The days are close to getting longer at both ends. In early January, the sun will start to rise sooner. Sunset is already after 4 p.m. and will be at 4:10 p.m. on Jan. 5. Sunset has gained 15 minutes! Daylight, here we come.

Seems this week has been pretty quiet. Chaos took an unchallenged leave of absence and wasn’t missed. We have R&R for the end of the year and can catch our breath for the start of 2016.

Happy belated birthday this week to Peter Buchsbaum on Dec. 27 and to Georgie Ware (who is 95!) and Maude Wedge on Dec. 29. Happy birthday to Fran Porcaro on Jan. 1. Melissa Amuso adds another candle on Jan. 4. Mark Howard celebrates on Jan. 5.

Happy anniversary to Richard and Ingrid Gaither on Dec. 31. Tom and Becca Powell celebrate their anniversary on Jan. 8. Many happy returns 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, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.

 

 

 

 

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

Sally Rowan and Sarah McCracken

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] com, and for Great Cranberry, email Sarah McCracken at [email protected] or call her at 978-879-5939.
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