Akka Lakka! from Needlenews the Needlenosed Newshound, aka the editor of Pine Island’s annual newspaper: The Pine Needle. I hope you’re all well and having a great fall. I’m cranking up to produce another stellar edition of a publication that has been in print for over 100 years, and I’d like to hear from you.
As anyone who has spent a summer at Pine Island knows, part of the magic of our camp experience involves leaving behind the amenities of modern life for six weeks. Having powered down their electronic devices for the summer, campers and staff spend rest hour and their down time writing letters, playing cards, and, of course, reading!
We endeavor to keep our library stocked with books catering to all interests and reading levels, including middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, and a wide range of nonfiction related to camp life and the wider world.
In order to build our library collection and replace books worn down by years of page-turning, we have partnered with the independent bookstore Print in Portland, Maine to create a community page featuring our “wish list.”
This page offers members from our community the opportunity to purchase books that will be donated directly to our library. We look forward to seeing more happy readers on the island in 2023!
Our Sloan Critchfield Memorial Boat Maintenance Weekend was a tremendous success. Pine Island’s fleet of beautiful wooden boats is ready for the opening of the 2023 camp season thanks to the terrific work of a great group of volunteers. But, it’s not just about the boats. It’s about honoring the memory of our friend, Sloan Critchfield, a Pine Island camper and counselor and lover of boats and the water who died in 2004 when he was just twenty years old. Everyone who knew Sloan still misses him and it is fitting that an annual gathering at Pine Island to care for our fleet of beautiful wooden boats is in his memory.
Special thanks to our leader, Cody Smith, and to everyone who participated, including Bryan Carey, Lizzy Durkin, Byron and Justin Gaspard, Henry Geyer, Owen and Ian Gilbert, Doug Handy, Kat Highley, AJ Powers, Chris Ward, Adam and Heath Wenchel and Erin Heath, and staff members Natalie Burr, Sumner Ford, and Miles Frank.
If you have not attended a Sloan Critchfield Memorial Boat Maintenance Weekend, come on up next September! It is well worth the trip.