Winter Island Is Beginning To Thaw

The snow is finally melting, showing some green grass to give us at least a little bit of color in an otherwise gray landscape. Early seasonal businesses are gearing up and so the circle of life in Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert Island turns toward the warmer months.

April is the month of Earth Day and the Southwest Harbor Public Library has two programs to raise awareness and help you do your part to help our environment. The library is again participating along with Sawyer’s Market in the Earth Day Bags project. The library has the Earth Bags and they will be available through the remainder of the week to pick up and decorate with an environmental theme. Then take them to Sawyer’s so they can use the bags on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

The second project is called Litter Bugs. The week of Earth Day, you can go to the library to make Litter Bugs out of materials that would normally be thrown away. The Litter Bugs not only recycle this material, they also act as a continuing reminder of the importance of recycling and reducing what we through away.

Stop by the Library today (Thursday) for the Friends Tea from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Good music, good tea and goodies, and best of all, good friends sharing time together for a good cause.

Congratulations to Pemetic School student Catie Forthofer for being named top vocalist at the State Vocal Jazz Festival in Houlton recently. I’ve had the privilege of working with Catie in several Gilbert and Sullivan productions and have found that Catie is very focused and earnest in rehearsal and very generous to her fellow performers.

I hope that you are participating in the first MDI-wide Community Read. The book is “Peak” by Roland Smith. On Thursday, April 30, local writer Candace Stover will lead a discussion of the book followed by filmmaker Ned Johnston at the Harbor House facility off Herrick Road with a showing of a film on Mount Everest and a discussion.

The April Artists at the Library are watercolorists Marjorie Dole of Trenton, Marion Smith of Bar Harbor, Violet Curley of Surry, and Sue Clark of Southwest Harbor.

Gail Royal of Westside Florist sent me a reminder about Secretaries Week April 20 – 24. Gail also wanted to pass on her thanks to all who have brought in their vases to the shop for reuse. The staff is happy to accept the vases all year long, not just in the spring.

The Green and Lean lecture series is coming to Southwest Harbor according to Erika Shriner. The series begins on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the St. John Episcopal Church with a program on solar electricity and simple methods for reducing your electrical use. Call Erika at 244-3532.

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.

Nancy Boyington Corliss and Annie Alley correctly answered the question from last week as Clark’s Southwest Dairy at the current Mount Desert Spring Water plant on Seal Cove Road. Nancy remembers the little pint milk cartons at school snacks and hot lunch at the Odd Fellows building. It was a school day ritual of hordes of children marching in downtown Southwest Harbor from Pemetic to the Odd Fellows building for hot lunch. Talk about gridlock.

Keeping with the Southwest Harbor business theme, what was the name of the sardine packing plant in Southwest Harbor and who was the manager?

Another week goes by and eventually summer will be upon us. Send me your Mud Season, err, April, events, to [email protected], P.O. Box 144 Southwest Harbor ME 04679, or call 667-2544.

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]