Islesford Neighbors

This coming Tuesday, the 25th, is the true equinox: sunrise and sunset will both be at 6:24 – sunrise at 6:24 a.m., sunset at 6:24 p.m. Days are indeed getting shorter!


From Sept. 29 to Oct. 7 is the “Hike for Mike,” which is a fund-raiser for the Acadia Family Center so they can provide resources for recovery on MDI and surrounding communities. Islesford’s Laura Merrill works at Acadia Family Center. Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op and the Cranberry Island Kitchen are two of the sponsors.

Marya Spurling has her medical board exams this coming Saturday. These board exams are on the final year’s schedule, so her four years of medical school are coming to a close. Marya is committed to medical care in small communities away from cities and is looking at various areas.

The town’s schools are having some work done to keep the buildings compliant with modern codes. The Ashley Bryan School is getting upgraded stairs and a new front ramp.

The Longfellow School, on Great Cranberry, needs interior updates to bring it up to code. Some of these updates ensure that the school will be separate from the businesses already there. Ben Fulves, from Heartwood Builders, is the project manager organizing and scheduling the work needed. Jeri Spurling is the architect for the project.

The Sept. 12 edition of the Bangor Daily News contains a letter about the writer’s aunt and uncle who came to “a small island off the coast of Mount Desert” for vacation with family. The uncle had a stroke, and was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The article includes “hats off to the local emergency responders from the Cranberry Isles who showed up with astonishing speed….” Congratulations, Cranberry Isles EMTs! Thank you for your commitment to all, and the speed with which you get to them

The Island Institute will be hosting another ISLE training program this year. ISLE stands for Island Sustainability through Leadership and Entrepreneurship. This is a fantastic program for islanders to gain a much needed business education. The Island Leaders Program serves those currently in leadership positions – as well as island residents who want to make a greater commitment to their communities – with skill-building and networking opportunities, linking leaders across Maine’s archipelago to discuss and address island issues. The training will take place from November 2012 through March 2013.

The Island Institute is so committed to the program that it covers all expenses – fuel, food and lodging as well as class materials. The only commitment the participant must make is time.

It is now the last few days of service for the Cranberry Isles water taxi. Enjoy your trip or charter with John Dwelley aboard the Delight. Call 244-5724. Thank you, John, and come back soon!

Bow hunting season is in full swing. Please wear orange or red when walking near the woods or shore.

There was a school committee workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Ashley Bryan School on Islesford. Review of Preliminary Drawings for Master Plan for Longfellow School was the topic.

Send items by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sally Rowan can be reached on Islesford at [email protected] For items from Great Cranberry, please send them to [email protected]

For more community news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.


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