Winter weather hinders and helps



We’ve had crazy weather again, with deep freezing temperatures and strong wind. The selectman’s meeting had been changed from Tuesday to Friday, then the weather was foul, and no boats ran. Here’s hoping it can happen on Monday! The weather has been foul several times, bad enough that the commuter boat and mail boat have been cancelled several times. Having some extra basics on the shelves has been helpful. This week, like for much of the east coast, ice was in the forecast. How do you spell January weather? N-A-S-T-Y.

Despite the foul weather, Roy Hadlock made a trip over to Northeast Harbor last Friday and was able to give several other people rides off the island. Rosalie Kell and Dave and Cindy Thomas took advantage of the ride. Dave was looking for a ride to America.

But whether weather is foul or fun is in the eye of the beholder. These freezing temperatures mean that the Cranberry House Pond is open to the public for ice skating. On the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 9, a dozen kids and adults, along with “Toby the Ice Hound” and a “wobbly” former Swedish skating queen, inaugurated the first ever get-together on the ice. Everyone, including Toby, who brought his own stick of firewood to the event, had a great time. Thanks to Ben Walls and Ric Gaither, who supervised the event and helped snow-sweep the pond, and to Blair Colby who quickly removed a large tree which had fallen across part of the pond. Ric is planning to install lights to permit night-time skating. Hot chocolate anyone?

Please be informed that the Post Office hours of operation change in last week’s column is for the Islesford Post Office, not the Cranberry Isles Post Office. The Cranberry Isles facility had a schedule change from eight to six hours about a year ago. Thank you, U.S.P.S. employees at the Islesford and GCI Post Offices. Note that the Post Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thank you.

Safe travels to Karin Whitney as she heads to Sweden to surprise her mother for her birthday. Have a great time.

Don’t forget Ladies Aid events: Jan 17 is the Mary Kay Party hosted by Tarnya Colby Sanborn at noon at the Community Center and on Jan 31, there will be a Ladies Aid meeting at1 p.m.

The Ladies Aid Barn was full of crafters and visitors on Jan. 10. Those attending were Sarah McCracken, Ginny Matthews, Jessie Dumas, Gaile Colby, Tiffany Tate, Cari Alley, Ingrid Gaither, Barbara Meyers and Sofie Dowling, Ben Walls and two of his daughters stopped by for brownies and the president of the organization finally finished a quilt! Tiffany made potato salad and tea, and brownies and hot coffee were also provided. Thanks to all, and we will have to do that again … soon.

Allan McCormick has moved from Islesford to Imperial Beach, California! He likes the weather out there. When it was 8 degrees and windy on Islesford, gusting to 45 miles per hour on Vinalhaven, out there they had a 10-knot breeze and 72 degrees. Sleeveless shirts at 11 p.m. He’ll be missed, and Imperial Beach is lucky to have a good EMT. Come back to visit, Allan!

Happy birthday to Sarah Liebow and Anna Fernald on Jan. 14 and to Liam Carroll Astbury and Jeff Wallace on Jan. 15. Happy birthday to Averi Rose White on Jan. 16 followed by family friend Margery Buck on Jan. 17. Kate O’Donovan turns 21 on Jan. 18. Welcome to full adulthood. On Jan. 19, there will be birthday celebrations for Melanie Sanborn, and Colby Watson Hicks and Ian Westphal will blow out candles on Jan. 22. Johnny Palmer turns 6 on Jan. 23. Best wishes to you 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 Eileen Richards at 244-5684 or [email protected]

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]
Sally Rowan & Eileen Richards

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