The annual conference for continuing education and training for Maine’s EMTs was last week at Samoset. Cranberry Isles EMTs included Katelyn Damon, Mary E. Schuch, Luke Abell, Emily Wright, Becca and Tom Powell, David Rackliff and Hugh Smallwood. Jim Wilmerding, Jess St. Amand and Margaret Houghton were there from Northeast Harbor, as were three from Swans Island. It’s wonderful to see EMTs on the islands. The speaker was Travis Mills, one of the four surviving quadruple amputees from the Iraq war. Margaret found him inspirational.
The churches had a joint service Sunday morning on Great Cranberry then organized and wrapped the Christmas presents. Anne Fernald, Amy and Adele Palmer, and Chris Hathaway joined from Islesford. Skip Stevens and Sally Rowan were away for the day.
Ben Stevens was up from Durham, N.C., for some time on a ship in Portland. He’s now eligible for an additional level of work. Skip and Sally went down and had some unexpected but welcome time with Ben. Needless to say, they got home much sooner than Ben did.
Barb Fernald was in Baltimore and had a small jewelry show and saw family. On her way back, she was going to spend the night at Susie McNamara’s.
On Great Cranberry, there were excellent turnouts at the polls, with nearly all residents casting their vote on Election Day, about half the island happy to hear the news that their chosen candidate had won by Wednesday morning.
Gary Gould is drilling a new well for the parsonage. The old well was producing little water, and sediment from the well was filtering into the pipes.
Ashley Bryan will discuss his book “Freedom over Me” at Acadia Senior College’s Food for Thought program at Birch Bay Village on Friday, Nov. 18, from 12-1 p.m. The book was recently in the New York Times Review of Books. Congratulations on the review, Ashley!
“Noah’s Ark” will be shown at the Cranberry House on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m.
Birthdays this week through the end of November include Kathy Graven on Nov. 13, Geoff Wadsworth on Nov. 14, Beverly Sanborn on Nov. 27, Janice Murch on Nov. 28 and Mark Alley on Nov. 30.