Hello Islesboro! I would like to thank those of you who have contacted me regarding no island news column in the paper. I appreciate the support and hope that I can get news in here regularly to keep you informed about upcoming events and happenings on the island.

I was not hibernating, although that is a welcome thought. I would like to remind everyone that the best means to get your event or news item in here is to contact me. A quick e-mail or phone call is all it takes; just remember that items are submitted on Thursdays for the next week’s edition.

Islesboro Sporting Club

Throughout the year the Sporting Club offers many events to please all ages of the island community. Perhaps one of the favorites is the club’s annual fishing derby. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14 on Meadow Pond. Children and adults of all ages are invited to attend this event and compete for the biggest catch of the day. There will be games for children, delicious burgers and hot dogs to keep everyone fueled for fishing and playing, and a fire to chase the cold away. Prepare to bundle up and enjoy a morning of great fun.

If you’re looking for good food and great company, you’ll want to be at the club’s potluck dinner on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendar now.

Islesboro Community Center

Patiently awaited and much anticipated, the date has been announced and the time is here. The Islesboro Community Center is officially opening its doors to the community on Saturday, Feb. 6. The community is invited to bring a dish to share at a potluck dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. in the old community hall space. In keeping with the ICC’s intent to be as green as possible, diners are asked to bring their own place setting for the meal. This concept was a great success at the all island dinner last fall and a great commitment to the future. The evening will also provide information about the different areas of the building, planned programing, and immediate offerings including the well equipped fitness room. Sunday, Feb. 7, the cafe doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re feeling hungry, stop by for brunch. Sunday brunch is an $18.99 all you can eat delight that you are sure to enjoy.

The fitness room will be open Sunday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fitness demonstration and membership information. Come see what the center has to offer, get answers and enjoy. The center is encouraging carpooling to help with parking congestion, and asks that people watch for the no parking signs. Parking is allowed at the town office, at the post office, on Boardman Lane, and at the church and the store. There is no parking on Mill Creek, Pendleton Point and Main Road.

The Zone at Islesboro Community Center

The Zone has moved. If a cafe, theater and main hall, and fitness room don’t make you smile, perhaps knowing that the Zone has moved from its very limited space behind Artisons Books & Bindery to a new space at the new ICC building will. As many of you know the school’s kindergarten to fifth-grade students are being housed in the Zone’s intended space at the center for this school year. The Zone children have a temporary new space in the center’s theater prep room, allowing for a great space, a bright new room and a lot of great potential. Programing for February has already been off and running with magic and continues with print making on Feb. 4. Look for more information in the town’s monthly flier, and parents be sure to register your child for upcoming programs.

Islesboro Central School

The Islesboro Central School remains a beehive of activity as workers steadily make progress on the renovation and addition project. The challenge of housing students in the portable classrooms has not gone without a glitch here or there, but with the administration addressing issues as they arise, looking ahead to head off potential problems and everyone working to cooperate and look in a positive direction, the year is rapidly passing by. The gymnasium addition has been closed in for several weeks now, Sheetrock is being installed, and walls are being skimmed and prepped throughout the old mansion. The elevator tower is fully enclosed awaiting the arrival of its box and the changes are without a doubt amazing.

News from Tom Tutor’s math room: The junior engineering and technology team, composed of Arthur Govoni, Holden Rogers, Dash Marley, Eric Armbrust and Forrest Putnam, visited a local water treatment lab to prepare for a national competition in March focusing on the issue of an affordable, accessible water supply worldwide. The lab scientist was extremely informative and detailed for the group the feasibility of simple filtration systems made of baked clay and sophisticated reverse osmosis systems. The students were prepared with focused questions and were rewarded with much information. The team will take part in a three hour group exam March 12 . Good luck and may they use dimensional analysis to achieve glory and distinction.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Feb. 11, when ICS will host the Planet Pan Steel Drum Band. Planet Pan will return for an exciting fun filled afternoon of music and learning and an evening of delicious food and a sure to shake off the winter blahs dance. During the afternoon, ICS students will be entertained as well as given instruction on the unique sounding drums, which will end with students playing with the group for an afternoon concert. The class of 2010 will host a Caribbean themed chicken dinner. Following the dinner will be a dance from 7 to 9 p.m. What a great way to spend an evening! Look for posters and information around town. You won’t want to miss any of this.

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