To the Chebeague Island Town Council and All Chebeague Residents:
On behalf of the officers and members of the Archangel Committee
of Greater Portland and, especially from the Solovky Islands
Arkhangelsk Delegation who visited your Town and Community
on Sunday, December 9th, 2007, we want to express our Heartfelt
Thanks, Gratitude and Deep Appreciation to Everyone for the Wonderful
Welcome and Warm Hospitality we received on our visit.
Especially to Donna Damon, John and Mary Holt, The Chebeague Town
Council members, the Welcome at the Island United Methodist Church,
Beth at the Recreation Center, and the Warmth and Welcome by Chuck
Varney, Ace and the sheep, BaaaaH !!!, Gail Miller at Miller
Designs, and the Incredible Welcome and Reception, after the Town
Council Meeting following the two Presentations by the Solovky
Islands Delegation, and the Delicious Chicken Stew and Bread at
the Historical Society Museum " Food for the Soul"
Anna Balandina would have called it.
We also want to send a Special Thank You !!! to Amy Kersteen and
Carol Lynn Davis for their help with our Friends and to Nancy
and Robert Earnest, Your Work and Preparations for this visit
was Key to the Tremendous Success and Overwhelming Welcome We
We tried to make the Childrens' Concert but an Invitation from
the new Westbrook Police Chief ( who said he started his Police
career on Chebeague ) to visit the new Westbrook Public Safety
Building Tuesday evening superseded our going to the Concert.
We all wish everyone on Chebeague the Very Best, and hope there
is a positive Decision to become a Sister Island to Solovky Islands.
Have a Safe and Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New
With Best Regards,
Dennis Marrotte, Raymond Pelletier, Carol Lestock Lord, Neale
Duffett for the Archangel Committee
Natalya Yakovleva Vice Mayor, /Solovky Islands; Yuri Surikov,
Solovky Nature Reserve and Museum Education Director; and Elena
Kuznetsova, Business Media Publisher and Alexander Shayev, Acting
Director of Malye Kareli, Outdoor Museum of wooden Architecture,