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On Saturday, a large crowd gathered on the passenger ferry dock, festooned with balloons, to dedicate the new water taxi. The 100-foot catamaran is named after former islander Sally Fox, who championed such service before she died in 2007.
The other day, I walked into the Burton branch of our estimable island post office system, rang the quaint little bell on the counter in order to summon a post-person and waited. The usual postmistress, if that is the right term, was on vacation, and my first thought was: “Wait! They get vacations? What about ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night’... etc?”
For years there have been articles in The Beachcomber about how we should shop locally and keep our money circulating on the island and about how we need businesses that will appeal to off-island folks so they will come here to spend their money. The Island Quilter is just such a business. Now because of the sale of the building in which it is housed, it may be forced to move off-island or perhaps even go out of business completely.
Last week’s article on grants from Granny’s Attic to help fund some island health projects points out what wonderful work is being done by their board to address some major needs of island residents (“Health Projects launch with aid from Granny’s Attic grants,” March 25).
“I don’t want to offend you,” my friend said apologetically, “but isn’t it just a matter of having self-control?” We were talking about the struggles some people, including me, have with food. My friend is one of those people who never had a weight problem. She “watches what she eats” and exercises every day. To her it is like brushing her teeth.