Women’s, children’s issues focus of talk

Here are some upcoming events at Cranberry House. Peter Buchsbaum will host another Nature Trail Walk to Whistlers Cove on Thursday, July 2, at 11 a.m. Rosalie Kell will host Martha Arroyave of the Colombian Training Center for Peace. Martha will give a talk on Women’s and Children’s Issues in Colombia on Thursday, July 2, at 3 p.m. at the Arts Center. Cranberry House will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see the new museum exhibits prepared by Anne Grulich, Jessi Duma and Gretchen Westphal. A barbershop quartet will provide music.

Ric Gaither will host a program centering on the High Hopes lobster boat, weather permitting. Norma Spurling will inaugurate an exhibit of her historical costumes in the Arts Center. There will be plenty of refreshments, or join Cezar at Hitty’s Café for lunch. Phil Whitney will host another series of Cranberry Island Historical slides on Monday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center. Norma Spurling will be displaying her historical costumes all week July 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ted and Jeri Spurling of Islesford will present a talk on their missionary work over the years in South America on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Peter Buchsbaum will hit the great outdoors again for another Nature Trail Walk to Whistlers Cove on Thursday, July 9, at 11 a.m.

Now that summer is in full swing, there is so much to do here. People with bikes have been flocking to the island. Several times I’ve seen the top of the mail boat loaded with bikes.

With the influx of visitors, we need to remember to stay safe and help keep others safe. Pedestrians and bicyclists, please be alert.

The speed limit is 15 mph, and all roads stop at Main Street. The most easily forgotten place to stop is where the road from the docks meets Main Street. Traffic on Main Street has the right of way.

Dogs need to be on leashes, and the leash needs to be short when meeting other dogs or people. Dogs have been hit by cars on the islands.

Driver’s licenses are required on the islands to drive any vehicle, including golf carts. For those with Maine learner’s permits, the regular rules apply on small islands.

Golf carts need a source of light and reflectors for use in the dark. It is illegal for children to drive golf carts even with a licensed driver present.

More about the activities contributed to the school and libraries by the RLL Fund including the 2013-2014 school year: this year, Ashley Bryan has continued to print and sell Rosamond Lord’s small linocuts as a way of providing funds for various experiences in the arts and crafts for the schoolchildren. Last year, the RLL Fund brought Astrea Charlett to the school to join art teacher Mary Lyman in helping the children create unique headdresses as part of their broader studies. The fund also provided beads and stringing materials for crafts work at home. This year, as an art and science project, the children designed bird and bat houses. As reported in last week’s column, the RLL Fund arranged for Courtney Chaplin to build them, and the children painted them. The fund got CDs to help the children learn how to identify birds by their songs. Ask the children what birds they’ve been seeing and hearing. The fund purchases fine picture books for each of the two island libraries and pays for the traditional First Day of School photo books. Questions? Ask Sarah Corson or Ashley Bryan.

Movie night begins this coming Monday, July 6, at Islesford Neighborhood House. See “American Graffiti” downstairs at 7:30 p.m. Upstairs, a Disney movie, “Planes, Fire, and Rescue,” will be on screen for kids of all ages. This is a take-off of the movie “Cars.”

The Cadillac water taxi is back, for up to six passengers. Call 801-1898.

The Little Cranberry Lobster Gift Shop is now open at the top of the hill from the lobster shed.

Dr. Margaret Shively and her crew of the Dockside Veterinary Services are coming to the Cranberry Isles next weekend and again in August, dates included for those who plan ahead. Their schedule is:

Great Cranberry Town Dock: Saturday, July 11, from 9-11 a.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9-11 a.m.

Islesford Town Dock: 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 wood stove store in Ellsworth has an amusing sign to draw in customers. It says, “Oh, heat. The days are getting shorter.”

We have three Islesforders with birthdays this week. Jeanine Hadlock enjoys fireworks on Independence Day, then her birthday the next, July 5, while Steve Shirey cuts cake on July 7. Ellen Stolpe celebrates on July 10.

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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