More than flowers have popped up on the island now that the snow has finally melted. The roads are lined with bottles and cans, wrappers and plastic bags, and an assortment of other trash. I even spotted a shoe and a pair of underwear that missed its final destination at the Dump on Round the Island Road the other day.
It’s the perfect time, then, for the school’s annual Community Roadside Cleanup. Following the Vinalhaven Land Trust’s Basin Cleanup last weekend, students and teachers will scour the streets for litter the morning of Friday, April 18. Everyone is welcome to join in the effort, and trash bags and gloves will be provided. If you can’t make it tomorrow, you can always help keep the island clean by tossing garbage in a can rather than out the window.
After the cleanup, students and staff can look forward to a week of April vacation. The seniors will catch the 2:45 p.m. ferry on Friday to start their class trip, financed by many bake sales, raffles and other fundraisers over the years.
Their next boat ride will be a little more enjoyable: a seven-day Norwegian cruise through the Caribbean, including stops in the Bahamas, Saint Martin and Saint Thomas. Along with chaperones Sam Bickford and Meredith Swears, the class will set sail on Sunday, April 20 and return home next Monday.
If you can’t make it to the tropics over vacay, there are still some options to help alleviate boredom closer to home. The high school baseball and softball teams will host games on April 19 versus Buckfield, as well as next Saturday versus Richmond. The girls’ games will start at 10:30 a.m., with the boys following at noon.
It may be a little too chilly for the quarry, but that won’t stop some island kids from taking a dip next week. The Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport is offering free swimming lessons from April 21 to 24 for children ages 6 to 12 who live in Knox County and Lincolnville.
Swimmers will be divided into age groups of 6-7, 8-10 and 10-12 according to their abilities (non-swimmer, beginner, intermediate and advanced) for 30-minute sessions available each morning. Many islanders have already signed up their children, including Vinalhaven School Secretary Amanda Wentworth.
“I took advantage of this free and valuable program for my two kids,” she said. “They are used to braving the cold quarry with Tracy Martin [at summer lessons on the island], so I thought the heated pool might be a treat!”
Flyers about the program were sent home from school last week, but for more information, call the Y Aquatics Director, Ben St. Cyr, at 236-3375.
With Palm Sunday, Good Friday and several evening cantatas, this week has been filled with special services at the island’s three churches leading up to Easter Sunday. The Union Church, the Open Bible Baptist Church and the Pleasant River Chapel will all host Easter services on April 20; check out this week’s Wind for more information.
Easter also means candy for those who worship the Bunny. Go Fish is having a great holiday sale, with a lot of merchandise 10 to 50 percent off and buy-one-get-one-free at the candy counter. If you don’t get enough goodies this weekend, more can be found on Sunday, April 27, at the annual egg hunt at Charlotte’s field.
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