MDI Historical Society To Hold Opening

An open house and artist reception will take place on Saturday, April 18, at the MDI Historical Society “Old Schoolhouse and Museum” on Route 198. The reception has been organized by Annette Carbajal. The exhibit features work from Island residents in a variety of media including fiber, ceramics, basketry, aluminum sculpture as well as oil and watercolor paintings and mixed media collage. The artwork is for sale with forty percent of the proceeds going to support the Historical Society. Big and Small Objects from the MDI Historical Society’s collections such as “penny dolls, “sailors” and quarrier tools, cased photographs from the late 19th century, a spinning wheel and architect Fred Savage’s drawing of an elaborate fireplace for a Bar Harbor cottage. The talented artists include Kate Henry, Leanne Nikon, Linda Perrin, Jeanne Seronde Perkins, Ellen Church, Chris Breedlove, Cristy Benson, Scott Balz, Jeff Freeman, Nicole Herz, Melita Westerlund and Desiree Dow.

College of the Atlantic’s Earth-Day Celebration is scheduled for this-coming Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “What on Earth are ‘YOU’ doing?” How can you make a difference in your community, in your home and in your everyday life? For information and a schedule of events, check the website at or e-mail Lyn Berzinis at [email protected]

Friends of Acadia is asking you to “Love your Mother” as in Mother Earth. They will once again be conducting an annual roadside clean-up in honor of Earth Day. The clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. FOA is looking for groups and individuals to volunteer. Last year crews collected more than 8,500 pounds of trash from 150 miles of roadsides. Call Theresa Begley at 288-3340 or terry

A benefit concert for lobsterman Spencer Joyce will be held on Saturday, April 25, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Swans Island School. Spencer suffered a major stroke on March 28 in Texas while visiting his daughter. He underwent surgery on March 29 and is now a patient at Health South, a Midland, Texas rehabilitation facility. Wade Dow and Friends, the Higgins Family, Danny Harper, and other musical talent will be performing. Come out for an afternoon of great music, food, and fun! Admission for the event will be by donation. Proceeds will go toward helping with Spencer’s medical expenses. Transportation to Swans Island is via the Maine State Ferry Service, leaving Bass Harbor at 9 and 11 a.m. Return trips will leave Swans Island at 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. Transportation on the island will be provided. For more information, contact Al Hutchins at 359-5574 or Wade Dow at 359-8901.

Finally, I have a moment to tell about MJ Penn’s wonderful companion, and Reader Dog, Kelvin, who had to be put down a few weeks back. I am sorry that I haven’t mentioned it before this week, but the column news was busy. However, I want to say to MJ that we are sorry that Kelvin had to suffer. He brought happiness to so many children on the island, including my daughters, Maria and Emma, as they began to read years ago.

On the night before he was put down, Emma, Maria and I heard on the evening news that a space shuttle would be able to be seen coming directly out of the western sky. The three of us hopped in the car and drove to the Bartlett’s Island parking lot in Pretty Marsh. As we pulled into the parking lot, Emma saw it coming our way and in a few seconds it was soaring in the sky overhead without sound and quicker than anything we could even imagine. Then we were left with silence and a sky full of stars over us. What a beautifully, serene moment that was. Within a few moments, MJ pulled into that parking lot with two friends and we were told about her decision to put Kelvin down the following morning. We were so glad to be there for her and we hugged Kelvin and told him how he would never be forgotten and that no child who knew him could ever forget him.

I believe when these children grow up many years from now they will still remember the loving eyes of this beautiful brown lab, looking up, encouraging so many of our small island children.

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Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]