News Of Spring From The Cranberry Isles



There has been plenty of color around the Cranberry Isles after last week’s rain and the weekend’s warm weather. The grass is getting greener and we have seen some colorful birds. Outside her window at the Islesford Post Office, Joy Sprague has seen rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo buntings. goldfinches, purple finches, and Baltimore orioles. Jennifer Westphal has already seen a palm warbler and a myrtle warbler on Great Cranberry Island, and Ruth Westphal has also seen an indigo bunting.

Karin Whitney would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in Island Cooks this year. Mark Alley, Bruce Komusin, Philippe Donald, Barbara Stainton, Jane Gray, Beverly Sanborn, Kelly Sanborn and Eileen Richards did a terrific job planning menus, cooking, and delivering meals to appreciative diners. Karin hopes these great folks will be joined by even more for next year’s program which will begin in October.

During school vacation, Mark and Vicky Fernald went to Florida with Emma and Coleman to visit Kim, Frank, Cooper and Tallulah Newlin in Boca Grande. While they were away, their dog, Pearl, came to stay on Islesford with Ann Fernald. When you see Nichole Rackliff on Islesford, you may not recognize her with her new short hairdo. Three weeks ago, Nichole donated 11 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. She looks great!

Barbara Stainton was in Fall River, Conn. last weekend where she celebrated her uncle’s 95th birthday. Carl Bornemann was showered with presents and good wishes from many family members and friends. Lilo Stainton and her husband, Tim Shiro were there from New York City, and Lilo said it was a wonderful celebration, and that the weather couldn’t have been better. A very happy belated birthday to Carl.

Heather White celebrated her birthday last week in Las Vegas where her husband, Peter Humphrey, was attending a business conference. On Wednesday, she was back in San Francisco where she watched Adam Vance competing in kite surfing races in San Francisco Bay. Adam came down for the races from Seattle, Wash., and spent the night with Heather and Peter after the races.

People are coming back to Islesford after their spring vacation travels. Islesford teacher Donna Isaacs is home after a trip to Spain where she visited Zoe Isaacs. Sally Rowan, Skip Stevens, and Ben and Meg were in Baltimore visiting family and friends. Kate Chaplin drove to Baltimore with Louise, Whitaker and Susannah to visit her mom, Dedi Whitaker. While there, everyone went to see Molly, Kate and Eliza O’Donovan in a production of “The Sound of Music.” Molly played the Baroness.

Chris Perry and his son and daughter, Quincy and Morgan, came to stay on Islesford for a few days. Jill Perry, granddaughter of Hazel Fernald, stayed home in Damariscotta, but will be up on the island with the family, next time.

The second dental clinic on Islesford was a big success. Thank you to Cindy Thomas for organizing it and for making spinach soup and carrot cake for the visitors. Dr. Timothy Oh, his assistant Rachel, and his hygienist Dorothy, saw eight people for the clinic at the Neighborhood House on April 22. The clinic also provided one of those small world stories that we love. When Cory Duggan went in to have his teeth cleaned, he and Dr. Oh recognized each other from their junior high school in Brunswick!

Sarah Corson attended her 50th high school reunion over the weekend at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts. She had a great time. Congratulations to Melissa McCormick and the choir from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. They won second place at the national Heritage Music Festival in Williamsburg, Va., last week.

Ev and Joan Shorey celebrated 59 years of marriage on April 22 at the Folger Shakespeare Library Gala.

Vicky and Chris Johnston have moved from Andover, Mass. to Portland and they are very excited to have just a 3 1/2 hour drive to Cranberry Island. They are still getting settled in, but hope to be on the island by mid-May. Their home is just a five-minute walk from Dorothy and Stuart Silver’s house, and they enjoyed dinner with the Silvers last week. Last weekend they were in Hoboken, N.J., where they celebrated their granddaughter, Olivia’s, birthday. Her parents, Alex and Kate threw a “big bash” to mark the occasion. Vicky and Chris would like you to know that this weekend they will be in Toledo, Ohio and Indianapolis, Ind. for interment and memorial services for Vicky’s mother, Betty Hartley. Don Wells will conduct a memorial service for Betty on the island in August, after which, her ashes will be scattered in the Western Way, as dictated by Betty’s will. Vicky and Chris extend their sincere thanks to everyone for their notes and letters of condolence.

About 45 people attended a potluck supper at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Friday night. Bill McGuinness talked about the building committee that is looking at ways to get the Neighborhood House ready for the next hundred years. Many people have made suggestions and the committee is always looking to hear more ideas. One of the primary interests is to make the building more energy efficient and to have the whole building winterized.

Ruth Westphal sent word that she still has openings this summer for folks to mount exhibits in the library in July and late August. The summer library exhibits have been very popular and are a great way to showcase island talent.

Here’s an item from our MDI neighbors: The 51st Annual Down East Fair at Church of our Father in Hulls Cove will be held Saturday, July 18. The fair committee is collecting auction items including antiques, books, jewelry, toys, white elephant items, linens, yarns, crafts, tools silent auction items and good clean clothing for the boutique. No appliances or computers. Please deliver to the parish hall. For more information call 288-5193. And thanks for your support!

Congratulations to Gary Allen for another successful run in the Boston Marathon, and for the recent opening of the MDI Marathon offices in Northeast Harbor. Congratulations to Wini Smart and Fred Quackenbush, who were married on April 26, and are now enjoying a two-week trip to Italy where they plan to visit Venice, Florence, and Tuscany.

On May 11, Dr. Danny Huff, from the Husson College School of Pharmacology, will be on Cranberry Island to give a talk about prescription medicine. All are invited to bring their current medications, and Dr. Huff will be happy to speak with folks about their medications, possible drug interactions, etc. The talk will begin at 8 a.m. in Cranberry House, and refreshments will be served. Contact Karin Whitney for further details.

Happy birthday to Sofie Dowling, Peter Benson and Emily and Genny Seanor on May 1. Happy birthday to Mary Morrow on May 2. We’re not sure if it’s May 1 or May 2, but either day would be great for Herb Stroup to receive a birthday card. Happy 94th Herb! Birthday greetings to Richard Dudman, Helen O’Neill, Susan White, Joan Lord and Ashley Corson on May 3. Happy birthday to Ginna Murray, Barbara Fernald and Roger Savage on May 4 and to Karen Smallwood on May 5. Birthday greetings to Jason King and Cathy Scoville on May 8, to Grace Hartley and Kate Valenta on May 9, and to Eric Porcaro on May 10. Remember, you have until May 11 to stock up on Forever Stamps at the Post Office. Best wishes to Renna Colby, who has been a patient at Mount Desert Island Hospital this week.

Please help keep us up to date with your news. Contact Barbara Fernald at [email protected] or 244-5283. Contact Susan White at [email protected] or 469-7229.

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]