Winter weather brings beauty



Cold, there that was an easy column!

Boats iced up, floats on the verge of taking a literal plunge, frozen water pipes and frayed nerves. It sounds like a bad country and western song. If you can look past at all that and enjoy the absolute beauty of the sea smoke dancing along the surface of the frigid Atlantic in a strange ethereal ballet, then you can make it through any New England storm.

As many readers on the East Coast know from experience, snow fell on Thursday. And fell. And fell. At the Cranberries, it started at about 10:30 a.m. The National Weather Service forecast changed from Wednesday night’s “about 1 inch” to 3-7 inches for Thursday and an additional 2-4 inches Thursday night. Ol’ Man Winter played tricks again. Thursday included wind at 40 mph, gusts to 45. Sometimes “down” and “out” go together well: snow is coming down, and Cory Alley and Blair Colby are out on their plows. Thank you, Cory and Blair!

The National Weather Service is not predicting how many inches of further accumulation but suggested there might be more snow the week of this paper’s printing, also a heat wave, to the mid-40s! Ol’ Man Winter’s partner, Mother Nature, is trying her hand. With the warmer weather coming early in the week, folks will have a chance to tidy up their snow banks to get ready for the next one. Yes, there will be more to come.

Thanks go out to all who plowed, shoveled out friends and neighbors and checked on the well-being of our older islanders. This is why we live here, for these moments of crisis that draw us closer and make us stronger as a community. Stay warm, stay safe and never be afraid to ask for help.

The full moon brought very low tides with it, and the lowest coincided with the mail boat’s afternoon arrival at Islesford. Arrival was about 15 minutes before the worst tide point was reached, and the boat was already significantly lower than the outer end of the dock at the bottom of the stairs. The mail boat staff was relieved to get away.

The Islesford Neighborhood House gym provides space for activity at a regular indoor temperature. Badminton, indoor floor hockey and running around were fun and may spark some competitions. The water is off and pipes are drained at Neighborhood House. The school met on the separate islands because of the foul weather and boat cancellations; freezing pipes messed things up as well. The Islesford School went to Neighborhood House for their usual physical education time on Friday.

Daylight will have increased in the afternoon for a month when this paper is out. The earliest sunset on the Cranberry Isles was at 3:55 p.m. It’s now still daylight when Islesford residents get off the last boat, sort bags at the dock, get things into trucks and head home, with the official sundown time 4:17 p.m. As of a few days ago, the days are getting longer in the morning, with sunrise now back to 7:05 a.m. Despite the recent weather, summer is on its way! (Here’s to the mosquitoes staying inside, anxious about weather like this in July and August!)

Cindy Thomas reported about the library time on Jan. 4: “We decorated gingerbread men at the library today. We read the book ‘The Gingerbread Baby.’ Kelly Fernald, Aaron Kimball and John Palmer decorated the leftover g-men. Thank you, Katya Mocarsky, for baking them! The group thought eating them was the best part.

Monday, Jan. 15, is Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, so it will be a holiday for federal agencies like the U.S. Postal Service. Post offices will be closed, and there will be no mail delivery. We will open on Tuesday with regular office hours. Thank you.

Happy birthday to Cathy Sinnott on Jan. 11. Samantha Krasnow and Wanda Porter will celebrate on Jan. 12. Helen Dudman will blow out candles on Jan. 13. Ann Fernald and her great-granddaughter Zinnia Pearl Gray will chalk up another year on Jan. 14. Happy birthday to Liam Carroll Astbury on Jan. 15 and to Averi Rose White on Jan. 16. Melanie Elyse Sanborn will celebrate her birthday on Jan. 19 as will Colby Watson Hicks. Don’t forget to make a wish. A very happy birthday to Ian Westphal on Jan. 22. All the best from Cranberry on your special day.

Quote of the week: “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” — Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), prime minister of India

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]
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