Think spring! After a freak snowstorm March 30, the precipitation has turned to rain, the sun has shone occasionally, and the wind has finally died down — allowing fishermen to get out on the water and the ferries to run without (many) cancellations.
The Captain E. Frank Thompson is still out for repairs, with the Everett Libby running in its place until further notice. If you plan to take a vehicle to Vinalhaven (7 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 2:45 p.m.) or back to Rockland (8:45 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4:30 p.m.), take note that fewer cars will be able to make the trip and plan accordingly.
It was a busy weekend on the island, with teen and adult swing dance lessons at the school, the high school French Club’s crêpe breakfast fundraiser, and the VHS National Honor Society’s blood drive for the American Red Cross. Friday was particularly lively for the school’s music department, with the University of Maine Symphonic Band traveling by land and sea to work with our band students and perform for the community on April 4.
The 45-piece student orchestra held two free concerts — one during the school day and one on Friday night — as part of its 2014 spring tour. According to the Bangor Daily News, it was “the first time one of the university’s major performing groups has had to travel by ferry to play on an island.”
The band was a hit with kids and adults alike. During the school day, the college musicians met members of our Viking Band, who played a couple of songs and solos with the group that night. Fifth-grader Caleb Turner even got the chance to conduct the UMaine band during the afternoon performance.
The symphonic band played a variety of marches and melodies, including a piece by Maine composer Terry White entitled “Sailing the Bay,” which reminded the group of “the clanging of the marker buoys and bells” on their voyage to Vinalhaven. Many thanks go to the band, conductor Christopher White and music teacher Michelle Wiley for making this tour stop possible.
The American Legion Auxiliary is currently fundraising for Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies to remember the fallen, honor our veterans, and teach others about their sacrifice and service. As part of the program, Dinah Moyer and Sarah Martin plan to lay wreaths in Arlington County, Va., this December in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Arlington National Cemetery.
The Auxiliary hopes to raise enough money for at least 100 wreaths. An individual wreath sponsorship is $15, but a tax-deductible donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated. Contributions can be made payable to: Wreaths Across America (Group ID – ME0002, Location ID – Arlington), and mailed to the American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 472, Vinalhaven, ME, 04863. Moyer said the group has also set up an account at Touch of Glass redemption center in Thomaston, if you would like to donate your bottles and cans for the cause.
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