The Cranberry Connector
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 15 May 2003, at 1 p.m.

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Ribbon cutting day was cool and overcast, but with no rain.  The contractor was just in the process of finishing the paving as the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held.
The new lot saw its first use as people from the Cranberry Isles, as well as many neighbors from Southwest Harbor, came to see the new Cranberry Connector facility.
Attendees gathered to chat and admire the lot and the view.
Another view of the crowd.  About 75 people attended.
Before the ribbon cutting, outgoing Land Management Committee Chairman Phil Whitney (foreground) briefly described how and why the Town of Cranberry Isles came to acquire the Manset property.

Then Phil introduced Selectman David Stainton, Selectman Edgar Blank, and Chris White (left to right in background) who also said a few words in honor of the occasion.
Then the formal ribbon cutting took place, while the Selectmen and many members of the Land Management Committee stood by.
Les White, Southwest Harbor's unofficial good-will ambassador, entertained the crowd with his saxophone and one-man-band machine.  Les played courtesy of Phil & Karin Whitney.

Those with long memories may recall that Les used to play at dances in the Town Hall above the Great Cranberry Island Schoolhouse.
Captain Steve Pagels was interviewed for Bangor TV.  He owns the Cranberry Cove Boating Company that will run seasonal ferry service between the Cranberry Connector and the Cranberry Isles.
Plenty of great snacks were prepared by Land Management Committee volunteers.

For those who missed it, a video of the ceremony can be viewed at the Historical Society Museum.  The above stills are taken from this video.

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