Dear Community and Friends of the Cranberry Islands,
We write to introduce the Cranberry Isles Education Fund, supporting educational efforts of full time residents of the Cranberry Isles. The CIEF replaces the now dissolved 'Islesford Scholarship Fund'. The CIEF is a fund of the Maine Community Foundation, (MCF), a 501(c)3 charitable organization, with offices in Portland and Ellsworth, Maine. However, operation, grant awards, fundraising and other initiatives are managed by a volunteer board of Cranberry Isles Residents. All funds, accounting and reporting are handled by the MCF.
The goals of the CIEF expand on those of the old scholarship fund. The mission statement reads:
The mission of the Cranberry Isles Education Fund is to support the personal or vocational educational goals of residents of the Cranberry Isles.
Eligibility for awards from the CIEF has also been broadened:
The CIEF recognizes that the need for funds for educational opportunities occur throughout the lives of every resident. The CIEF welcomes applications from or on behalf of any resident regardless of age, and for a wide variety of educational programs, including courses, seminars, secondary schools, college, post-graduate studies, summer school classes, material and equipment needed for studies, study travel, technical or job-related training. Funds awarded will be made directly to the providing institution, school or other entity, that provides the opportunity sought.
The definition of 'resident' is an individual who resides full time in the Town of Cranberry Isles, and meets the residency requirements of the State of Maine and the Town of Cranberry Isles. The CIEF Board is pleased to widen its ability to serve community residents. Donors can be assured that monies donated will support educational endeavors for the full spectrum of our community, providing opportunities for everything from sending a young child to preschool to adult vocational training, and conferences, as well as assisting high school and college students in public or private educational programs. We need your help! To achieve our goals and to be able to support our community’s needs, we need to raise $10,000 by October 1st, 2013. Please respond with a gift of any amount with a check made payable to: 'The Maine Community Foundation'. Please write 'CIEF donation' in the memo line, and mail to: Maine Community Foundation, attn Cherie Galyean,
245 Main St
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Your gift will be tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Thank you for your patience with our changes, and transition into what will certainly provide a vital service for all of our neighbors.
For the Cranberry Isles Community Education Fund:
Ann Fernald, Amy Palmer, Dan Field, Josh Gray,
Nan Hadlock, Henry Isaacs, Sally Rowan
The Cranberry Explorer, a free public transport service simiiar in concept to the Island Explorer on MDI, will start its maiden run on Great Cranberry Island June 29, 2013, and continue until September 2.
The 5-passenger (plus driver) golf cart will travel round trip along Cranberry Road, from the town dock to the end of the island, where the paving stops. Passengers can get on or off at any point. It is scheduled to run every day, from 9 am to 6 pm, making a round trip every half hour. (The last full round trip from the dock leaves at 5:30 pm, returning at 6.)
The Cranberry Explorer is intended to carry day visitors from the dock to the island's businesses and interesting spots: Cranberry House and Trail, Church and Ladies Aid, Whales Rib, School and Library, Cranberry Shores Trail, and the wonderful views near the end of Cranberry Road.
Island residents can use it to go to the Post Office, Cranberry General Store, or a friend's house, since pickup and dropoff can be anywhere on Cranberry Road—or our three side roads, time permitting. A cell phone on board can be used to call for a pickup from a side road.
This is an experimental project; the results will be analyzed at the end of the season to see if the ridership justifies the expense.
I received word from Susan Espinoza today that Veronica Aspinwall died April 9 at her home in Oregon. There are no plans as yet, but there may be a service on the island this summer. Veronica is Elizabeth Selim's sister. Elizabeth's e-mail address is eselim
We extend our deepest sympathies to Elizabeth, to Veronica's sons, David and Sam, and to all of their family and friends.
Passing of Vicky Johnston
I regret to report the passing of Vicky Johnston this evening at approximatrely 6 pm in Portland. She was admitted to the hospital Saturday morning and diagnosed with a perforated ulcer. She deteriorated rapidly this afternoon.
Chris expects the arrival of his son from New Jersey within a couple of hours. A memorial service will be held this Summer on Cranberry.
Condolences can be sent to: Chris Johnston, 82 High St., Portland, ME 04101
GCI 50K Ultra Marathon
The Great Cranberry Island 50K Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Early start is 10:30 am, official start is 11:30 am, both starting nearby the church.
Though there will be rustic camping in the playing field on the night of the race, there is also great demand for more comfortable overnight accommodatons in private houses. If any islander wishes to rent out their house or room(s) to the race participants, please contact Gary Allen (information [at] crowathletics.com ) to leave your information for him to pass on to those inquiring.
Summer Parsonage Renovation
The Cranberry Isle Congregational Church is looking forward to continuing our rich tradition of visiting summer ministers, who over the years have become cherished members of our community. Due to this year's paronage renovation project, we woud ask you to consider a private living space for our summer ministers for the following dates:
Please contact Phil Whitney (207-244-5933) for further information.