North Haven news
As with every fall, since I have come to know and live on North Haven, the afternoons tend to bring with it a breeze. While the breeze is welcomed during Indian summers this fall has been just that, fall. While I can’t complain too much about the average fall weather, I must say a day without wind is undoubtedly a coveted one for the fishermen and caretakers. They say “wait a minute” when referring to Maine weather but I’m still waiting on a calm afternoon in September.
I’m sure the students on their Fall Field Study were waiting for the weather and wind to change for them as well. While the weather remained overcast for the bulk of the week, I gather that the wind while kayaking in Cobscook Bay turned out to be an added challenge to the students. The high school students of NHCS will undoubtedly touch on this, as well the other events, surrounding this year’s place-based education trip Downeast. The students will present to the staff and community Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at Waterman’s Community Center regarding their combination of education and adventure in and around Coobscook Bay and its communities.
While on the subject of the fall field study trip, I feel I should clarify a few statements I made in my last column. In an attempt to lead from the school trip into the new number policy with the MSFS I came across as though the school was not successful in getting a “good” line up number for the trip. At the time I had no idea if they needed numbers and if so what numbers they got. My statement “…from the word around town it probably wasn’t as successful as one would hope” was meant to reflect the people I have spoken with about the issue; meaning that the majority of people whom I have spoke to on the subject have not gotten good numbers. With that said I must point out that I have no doubts that the new system has worked well for others; in fact apparently my wife’s Kindle is time synced with the ferry office because she scored a good spot the other day. Not having to wait for a number is awesome, I won’t take that away from the new system, but there really isn’t a guarantee for getting a good number. No one wanted to, but before you could guarantee a good number by sitting inside the ferry office three hours. The new system is all a matter of opinion and like they (not sure who they are, yet) say “opinions are like (insert body part), everyone’s got one. While leading from one MSFS story to another I should say that this next story is based entirely in gratitude.
On Sept. 17, the MSFS, along with the North Haven EMS crew, played a big part in my life. We can complain all that we want about the boat not running due to a medical but when you are involved it makes no difference. Without detail I will say that my wife and I owe both the MSFS and EMS a huge thank you for getting us over to Pen Bay Medical Tuesday night. The chain of events that occurred that night will undoubtedly not be forgotten by us and others and require not only thanks, but an apology. To the MacDonald family, I deeply apologize for the unfortunate chain of events that were set off with our need to get to the medical clinic. I hope that you can believe me when I say that if the circumstances were different I would have been there with you trying to help in any way that I could.
As this week progresses Waterman’s will be gearing up for yet another art exhibit. On Sunday, Sept. 29, Bret Thompson will be holding an opening for his work. Without giving up too much detail I gather it will be interactive in a sense. Bret has been working toward this show since spring and I anticipate that this opening will bring with it the energy that Bret always brings forth in life and his art. I hope to see all of you there. And a heads up to the people who are interested, but don’t usually go to art openings: there is free wine/beer.
This next piece is an appeal to anyone reading this column that would like to help a friend and photographer, Seth G. Macy. Seth has officially started a 30 day Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is an online site that helps artists, musician and writers raise funds for the project. Seth’s project is a book of photographs of Maine as looked at from the inside. Seth’s book would aptly be titled “Maine from the inside.” You can read more about this endeavor at: kickstarter.com/projects/712200353/maine-from-the-inside.
Congratulations is in order for Mr. and Mrs. Danny Calderwood. Danny and Polly wed 20 years ago and decided to renew their vows at Mullens Head Park Sept. 21. The event was well-attended, especially by those in tie-dyed clothes (as requested by the loving couple). Danny and Polly’s renewal brought together friends from here and away in an event surrounded with food, live music by Tore Down House, a pig roast and lots of happy children. Again congratulations to Danny and Polly and thank you for sharing such a special day with so many.
I end this week on another September/fall note. It’s just that, fall. It’s evident in the smell, wind and weather as well as the random Maine plates parked at the end of random driveways all over the island. While I have not had a personal encounter with an off island hunter abusing someone else’s land or property, it does seem to be a regular occurrence every year so I suggest being proactive with these people is the best thing we can do. While it’s just bow season now the rifles will be out soon enough so be aware of where and who is hunting. Deer control through hunting is needed on North Haven, but not if it is going to be done by people who show flagrant disregard for the law and people’s property rights.