Posted by: mamacraniac | March 28, 2022

Summer 2022

Spring  2022 

Hello Island friends and family,

Your C.A.B.I. team is excited to offer a full calendar of events this summer. YAY!

We are looking forward to celebrating the 102nd birthday of the Community House and are gathering pictures, stories and CH lore to share with all. If you can help with this, please send photos and contact us at We hope you will join us on July 23rd at 1:30 pm for light refreshments and fun. Wear the commemorative shirts you bought in 2019!

Good news: The tennis courts were well used the last 2 summers. The bad news: the courts were not resurfaced in 2020 (due to Covid) and our BIVC funding was cut that year.  In 2021 it cost more to prepare the courts to an adequate playing condition ($4700) and we fully depleted the tennis fund to cover these costs.  We encourage you to donate to this fund to keep our courts in good shape. Thank you.

Adventurous?  Try a new activity:  Frisbee golf.  Equipment is being purchased for use at the golf course this summer and will not interfere with traditional golf play.

We are also planning to purchase new, lighter weight function tables for Community House events. The old tables are extremely heavy, bulky and showing their age.   If anyone is interested in having one of these tables please contact any of us. Otherwise the plan is to dispose of them in the big junk pick up planned for later this summer.  

While no dues are required to be a C.A.B.I. member, we rely upon your financial support and accept donations of any size. (see donation form enclosed)  

We need your voice and participation, please come to the annual meeting on July 9th at 10 am.

Thank you,  

We look forward to seeing you on Island.

Debbie Crane and Susan Rauch

Co-Presidents C.A.B.I. 

Typical costs:

Polar Bear Swim $200

Fireworks $800

Band concert $500 (not including Lilly B transport)

Ice cream runs $300 (ice cream and Lilly B) 

Square / Kids Dance $800 (includes Lilly B and 2 callers)

Tennis Court $4000+ ($3300 allocated from BIVC)- tennis fund is currently depleted

Average donation $50 per season



Please enclose this form with your donation– you may want to make a copy for your records. Please print clearly. 

Name: ______________________________________________________ 

Address: ______________________________________________________ 

Phone: _______________________________________________________

Email:  _______________________________________________________

Make checks payable to: C.A.B.I. (for event planning, production, & execution – not tax deductible). Please specify your donation amount per category, as applicable, and Mail to C.A.B.I. 
c/o Kim Ryan, Treasurer 427 Hartford. Square  West Chester, PA 19380 before June 1st 2022. After this date, PLEASE bring your donation to the island, or mail to: Debbie Crane 45A Marlboro Rd. Stow, MA 01775.  We appreciate your generosity.  Thank you.

•       General $_______________

•       Tennis $_______________

•       Golf $_______________

•       Children’s Library $_______________

•       TOTAL AMOUNT $_______________ 

Posted by: mamacraniac | May 21, 2021

Summer 2021

UPDATE Posted June 23, 2021

Hello Islanders:

Good news! We have been granted permission from the BIVC to use the Community House for events this summer.

To do so, we must comply with current CDC guidelines.

Please familiarize yourself with the recommendations below prior to scheduling any Community House activities.

This notice will be posted at the Community House as well. Please see a C.A.B.I. officer for access.

NOTICE PLEASE READ Community House Use Regulations Summer 2021Participation in C.A.B.I. sponsored and Community House activities is AT YOUR OWN RISK.

We recommend, but do not require, individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated wear a mask while INDOORS, including children under 12 years and over age 2.

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, nor maintain physical distance.Indoor capacity limits and physical distancing requirements were lifted as of 5/24/21 per Governor Janet Mills.

In addition, the Maine State of Emergency ended as of 6/30/21.Eating and drinking is permitted. Please consider maintaining physical distancing of 6 or more feet between parties when possible.

Masks are required while serving food or drink inside or outside the Community House. Gloves are recommended.

We suggest you bring your own non-alcoholic beverage when participating in C.A.B.I. events.

Good hand hygiene prevents spread of disease.

Please use sanitizer upon entry and exit of Community House.Event organizers MUST disinfect commonly used and frequently touched objects, door knobs, chairs, tables, and light switches at the end of the event and when visibly soiled.

Disinfecting wipes may be found in the Community House kitchen.

Keep windows and doors open to improve ventilation and airflow.

Keep our community safe! Please DO NOT attend C.A.B.I. events if you have a fever, cough, runny nose or COVID like symptoms.

Please be kind and respectful to others as we transition back to a more normal island experience.


Late Spring 2021

Dear Island Friends and Family,         

As we compose our annual letter after navigating the global pandemic of COVID-19, we are hopeful.  

Hopeful for continued patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic.

Hopeful to see more island friends and family this summer.

Hopeful for good weather.

Hopeful for safe and fun gatherings.

While there is no official calendar of events this year, we hope to offer some events: the polar bear swim, field day and art show. Be reminded that participation in these events is at your own risk.  We hope to offer more events, in a “pop up” fashion if and when COVID restrictions are lifted in the coming months. Please refer to the store porch or CABI Facebook group for more up to date information.

Current COVID-19 state of Maine social gathering guidelines have been relaxed for outdoor events see link below*. This means our beloved annual 4th of July parade is possible, with tentative date on Sunday July 4th, time: TBD.  We strongly urge you keep your parade group together, follow Maine state guidelines, and respect other parade pods when lining up to process. 

The BIVC has requested that the Community House remain closed except for official island business but we may petition to hold events in an ad hoc fashion. In that vein, the CABI annual meeting is planned for July 10th at 10am at the community house with masks donned per Maine state guidelines.

As always, we sincerely thank you for participating in CABI events, financial support of its programs and volunteering to help out.  We strive to help make lasting memories of summers on our magical island home.  It’s what makes Bustins, Bustins.

Thank you so much,

Debbie Cooper Crane         

Susan Cooper Rauch

C.A.B.I. Co-Chairs

*The state of Maine is Open for business; please refer to the following link:

Posted by: mamacraniac | August 7, 2019

Art Show 2019

Hello everyone,

The Bustins Island Art Show will be held on August 17, 2019 from 2-4 at the Community House.

Any island artists interested in selling or simply showing their work are welcome to participate.

We particularly encourage young island artists to be a part of the event.

Please contact Katherine Dilworth with interest or questions. or

Thank you,


Posted by: mamacraniac | June 26, 2019

C.A.B.I. 2018Annual meeting minutes


In preparation for our annual meeting on Saturday July 6th, here are the minutes from last year.

Thank you,



Annual Meeting Minutes PDF 7:14:18

Posted by: mamacraniac | May 1, 2019

Summer 2019 Calendar and letter


Happy May!  Summer is just around the corner.  Here is our 2019 calendar and letter.

See you on the island.

Debbie & Susan

2019 annual CABI Letter

C.A.B.I. Summer 2019

Posted by: kimjoana | March 27, 2017

Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

By viewer request, below is a great article to keep in mind while you are on Bustins or at home.  If anyone else has information they would like to share about this topic, post it below in the comments!

Lyme disease preventable by taking steps to avoid tick bites

Posted Mar 25, 2017

Pest control experts who began seeing ticks in early February because of a warm winter and an abundance of acorns now say this will be one of the worst tick seasons in years – which may lead to an increase in Lyme disease.

While that may be true, health experts point out that in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast, where Lyme disease is endemic, every year is a bad tick season. Their advice is to not focus on how many ticks there might be this year, but instead, become educated on how to prevent tick bites.

Dr. Catherine M. Brown, deputy state epidemiologist and state public health veterinarian with the state Department of Public Health, said she’s not sure if the prediction is helpful because there are always thousands of cases of Lyme every year.

“We’re considered endemic for Lyme, which means we have it all over the Commonwealth, and we have it all the time,” she said. “I want people to be aware and to take steps to prevent tick bites, not just in the year when people say it might be bad.”

Chris G. Ford, president of Ford’s Hometown Services on Grove Street in Worcester, said he and other pest control folks learned of the hearty rodent population at the Central Massachusetts Pest Control Association’s seminar in Sturbridge last month.

Some small animals, particularly the white-footed mouse, carry the bacteria that causes Lyme. When a tick, usually in the nymph stage, attaches to the carrier for a blood meal, it becomes infected and passes the infection on to humans and other animals.

Mr. Ford said the number of phone calls from people signing up for the company’s four-application tick protection program spiked during the warm spell in February when people began seeing ticks. April through September is when the greatest risk of being bitten exists. But, adult ticks are out in search of a host in winter when temperatures climb above freezing.

“We’ve had multiple calls coming in already regarding people’s pets and children getting ticks on them,” he said. Mr. Ford, who is also president of Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, said mosquito and tick control has grown to be the largest segment of the 75-year-old family company.

Massachusetts ranked fourth in the nation (behind Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York) in the incidence of Lyme cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015, the last year for which the data is available. Ninety-five percent of the confirmed cases of were reported in 14 states – including all of New England – where the black-legged tick is found. There were 2,922 confirmed cases and 1,302 probable cases in Massachusetts in 2015.

But, as the CDC first announced at an international conference in Boston in 2013, Dr. Brown said the actual number of cases each year is likely 10-fold what is reported.

The 4,000 to 6,000 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme reported each year in Massachusetts are the only ones where there is enough information to assign them based on the current surveillance system, Dr. Brown said. As a result of the limitations, the department is developing a new system of counting Lyme cases which should be available before the end of the year.

“There are 14,000 to 16,000 positive lab results, and yet we don’t often have enough clinical information to count these people based on the (current system),” she explained.

Other states are also using different methods, which makes it impossible to compare states. Dr. Brown said some counties in New York had so many Lyme cases that they are following up on and reporting only a sampling of cases. According to the CDC, New York had a total of 4,314 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme in 2015.

“All of this speaks to why we’re looking at the old way and thinking it is not really accurate and appropriate,” she said. “We’re looking at trying to use other data sources and evaluate the data we have more creatively to provide a better assessment of the true risk and burden that Lyme disease places on Massachusetts residents, as well as the health care system.”

More Lyme disease than mosquito-borne diseases

Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the country. It affects many more people than Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus combined. Dr. Brown, with the DPH, said the state, like some in other parts of the country, has considered a program to spray for ticks, similar to the current mosquito control program. She said one of the reasons that has not been established is because of a CDC study involving four other high Lyme incidence states that didn’t show to fix the problem. The study looked at pairs of neighborhoods: one sprayed yards with insecticide; the other sprayed water. She said the properties that used insecticide did end up having fewer ticks. But the number of Lyme cases were the same for both pairs of neighborhoods.

“People don’t get exposed to infected ticks only in their yard,” Dr. Brown said. “The other factor that could be involved is, if you know your yard has been sprayed for ticks, maybe you are not as concerned about using repellent and doing tick checks.”

Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose. If not treated early, it can spread to many organs and systems in the body, including the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, the eyes, the liver and muscles, and joints.

Treatment is controversial. There are two schools of thought. The Infectious Disease Society of America has expressed concern about over-treatment of antibiotics and recommends limited treatment options, usually up to four weeks. The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society recommends treatment determined by clinical judgment. In some cases, that means long-term treatment with antibiotics.

Most health insurance companies only paid for the limited treatment until last year, after a years-long battle by Lyme victims and other advocates led to the Legislature enacting a law requiring private health insurers to cover the cost of long-term treatment for the disease.

Link to original article:


Posted by: kimjoana | September 7, 2014

Proposed By-Law Revisions

Susan and Debbie have worked on revising the by-law for membership review.  We credit & thank Peg DeBruyn & Warren Baker for the preliminary work on this document. Please review the following linked documents:


We will also be sending out copies via the e-mail listserve.  Comments can be posted below or sent via e-mail.


Posted by: kimjoana | January 9, 2009

Used Fire Equipment

Hey All,

It has been suggested that people ask their local fire dept for used gear to augment our gear on Bustins. When it was done in Ithaca we got a set of turnout gear…it’s even labeled “BFD” (Brooktondale Fire Dept).  Used is better than nothing and it’s free!

Posted by: kimjoana | August 23, 2008


Welcome Bustins Islanders!

This blog has been created for the purpose of exchanging ideas for summer activities and connecting those ideas with people who might make them happen.  Any suggestions on features you would like to see would be greatly appreciated!