Posted by: mamacraniac | July 10, 2018

Summer 2018 Calendar of Events

C.A.B.I. Summer 2018 Calendar of Events – Sheet1-6

Posted by: mamacraniac | July 10, 2018

2017 Meeting Minutes


Meeting Minutes

July 9th2017

Meeting called to order at 9:12 am A quorum of 23 people in attendance.

Officers present: Debbie Crane, Susan Rauch, Kim Ryan (Mandy Meyer and Kim Adams not present)


Secretary’s report:  2016 minutes unanimously approved as read

Treasurer’s report:

Last year donations were down $1715 (2016) from $1950 (2015).  This year (2017) they are up significantly $2500+.  To date there are 39+ individual donations to CABI. We believe this is due to the wording of our annual letter regarding our ‘operating costs’ per year.

We do not have direct access to Bustins and Bay donations.  General maintenance costs are not covered by Bustins and Bay.  However, B&B will cover equipment and municipal expenses. We are currently requesting information as to the current balance in the Bustins and Bay foundation and plan to seek reimbursement for the $500 ramp for the new tennis shed constructed last fall.

A bit of money given to the children’s library ($100)

Golf tournament expenses are the only costs that CABI covers.  Currently there is approximately about $1300 balance in golf fund as of 12/31/16, and 2017 contributions total $185.

Tennis fund at the end of the year (2016)  at $1235.

$2000 in general checking

$2700 in Savings (Money Market Fund)- for tennis & golf combined

Questions from the floor as to how money is used.  Golf and tennis: can be used for any tennis or golf upkeep.  Flags, nets, tarps, tapes etc. as well as any tournament costs.

$396 for square dance income this year met some of the cost of callers $500 July 4thonly (not including Lilly B transportation $150).

Don’t foresee any major increase in expenses this year


Treasurer report unanimously accepted as presented. Full report to come.

Co-Chair report:

Plan to remove CABI association with Bustins and Bay foundation in regards to fundraising or marketing. This will be outlined in our 2018 annual letter.  Warren Baker to be contacted and informed about our plan.  Communication with B&B poor about current balances and how donations are used. Generally, B&B provides a vehicle for tax deductible donations to be made to benefit Bustins.

Discussion about how golf and tennis contributions are used and how expenses are outlined and used.  BIVC has given $3000 annually to be used as C.A.B.I. sees fit.  In 2015 CABI voted unanimously to earmark entire funds to tennis court costs exclusively

Question:  Ask BIVC for more $ for inflation and management costs

Discussion open to tennis by laws read article III as to our responsibility and how we promote social and recreational activities.  Chris martens has single handedly been responsible for making sure that the tennis courts have been maintained and organized the transport of materials

Suggestions from the floor:
provide a tennis box for payment to play, or lock courts and provide a key,

covering courts with tarp on the off season to reduce cost of yearly maintenance

Also whether CABI/BIVC would pay for privacy/sound screens discussed with abutters of courts

Suggestion from the floor to obtain figures about how much it costs to to do the entire tennis court before we vote

Informal non binding poll of hall: Question: Should CABI decline BIVC annual $3000 contribution- approximately 13 yay to 6 nay (abstentions not counted)

looking for a dollar figure for annual expense for tennis costs and maintenance. Mowing, sweeping, rolling,

2018 to add more information about tennis expenses total cost of care prior to full vote on whether to accept BIVC park and rec contribution

Suggestion to change by-laws for clearer purpose of CABI and develop a memorandum of understanding between BIVC and CABI as to where responsibility lies for upkeep and management of municipal areas.

Recognition for Steve Drews monetary contribution for the memorial tennis shed

CABI to thank Chris Martens for her many years of tireless work on coordinating and managing tennis courts and ask her for more detailed instructions for tennis court management including: instructions for the roller, tapes, nets, mowing, etc.

Tennis report:


From Chris Martens:  via email June 11,2017

Dear All,

I hope you are all well and looking forward to summer!

You may recall that I relayed to the BIVC Overseers last year and relayed that it is becoming too burdensome for me to maintain the tennis courts by myself. The fall and spring cleanups of branches, leaves, acorns is a take that takes several hours on each end along with weekly maintenance of and rolling not to mention pulling up the tapes, ect. In the past Rob has encouraged me to get volunteers to help and I have had a few people come forward but not on a regular basis. Also, people are reluctant to use the rolling machine which is a bear, I admit, and one person last year put the wrong fuel in it even after it was clearly defined. You can also do damage to the court if it is not rolled correctly (too short of radius turns).

Several years ago the BIVC shifted the responsibility of the tennis courts over to the BIVC (which I really was not if favor of because it is a municipally owned and should be their responsibility, sorry Rob J). Having the tennis courts adds value to all of our properties as an amenity to the island as does the golf course and should be part of the annual BIVC budget. But since it is now the CABI’s responsibility to maintain, I am coming to you to ask that we hire Danny Adams to maintain it this summer. I spoke with him yesterday on the assumption that this would be possible. Danny is quite willing and is good with the rolling machine and a good worker. He has offered to do it for $10/hr. which is very reasonable. Maddie gets $18/hr to roll courts at home. Since the CABI is not set up for payroll, nor do we want to open up that endeavor, I am proposing that we pay Danny for 10 hours up front or if Kim thinks it’s okay we could pay him several times over the season. If you pay someone under $600 per year you don’t have to issue a 1099 for tax purposes. I think the less amount of times we pay him the better.  I estimate if he rolls every 2 weeks and it takes 1.5 – 2 hours to roll plus picking up every acorn before you roll and a fall clean up if he stays late enough (doubt he will) that 20 hours should cover it for the season.

I also will have some receipts for true fuel for the roller and leaf blower and ant bait for the 2017 season that I will be giving to Kim.

The new tennis shed looks terrific! We will need to buy some paint for a second coat and I will ask Rob, since it is technically owned by the BIVC (I think), if the BIVC would buy the paint. We need to ask Steve Drew, since the building is a tribute to his father, what he would envision for seating under the covered roof area. I’m not sure who is paying for that item. Also, I think the landscape committee might be willing to plant some small shrubs around building for aesthetics.

Please let me know if you agree to this arrangement with Danny. Danny and I both worked on the courts yesterday for 1.5 hours and I will have to pay him myself for that time if the CABI doesn’t fund him.




Tennis report unanimously approved as read


Plan to purchase cleaning supplies, paper towel holders, table paper & stock pots for community house

Fundraising week or boot/basket considered for fireworks or during kids dances etc.

Sweatshirt and bag fundraiser portion of the production costs donated by Susan Rauch

Clean out of kitchen items of value for historical society donation?

Card tables under stage –assess function (toss or keep)

Susan Rauch up for co-chair re-election: Elected to new term unanimously

Vote for the slate of officers unanimously

Adjourned at 10:12 am


Posted by: mamacraniac | July 10, 2018

Summer 2018 letter

Spring 2018

Greetings Islanders,

It’s that time of year again! With the sun shining, birds singing, and snow melting, we are excited to launch the 2018 CABI calendar.  Thank you BIVC for offering to let us piggy back on their email.

We hold our annual meeting on July 14that 9am please join us your voice and vote counts! We welcome your feedback, here is your chance to tell us what you think.  Please click on the link to take our short survey. answers will help us serve you better! Thank you.

We would like to acknowledge Christine Martens for her tireless work keeping the tennis courts in excellent playing condition throughout the season.  Most of her work has been done solo so if you see her on the island be sure to give her kudos.  We can’t thank you enough Chrissy!

We also thank Steve Drew for his financial contributions toward the tennis shed.  Thank you!

Enclosed is the summer 2018 calendar of events (note: event details ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE).  Please be sure to post in your cottage, share with renters, and check the island store porch for updates.

See you all soon.

Debbie and Susan

Co-Presidents C.A.B.I.



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) Thank you.



Typical costs:

Fireworks $750

Band concert $500 (not including Lilly B transport)

Ice cream runs $200 each run

Square Dance $750 (includes Lilly B and caller)

Tennis Court $3500+ ($3000 allocated from BIVC donation)

Average donation $50 per season

A donation of $50 or more and you will receive an insulated Bustins tote bag, while supplies last!



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

Name: ______________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________________________

Email:  _______________________________________________________


TO CABI (for event planning, production, & execution) (not tax deductible). Please specify your donation amount per category, as applicable, and make checks payable to:  C.A.B.I.
c/o Kim Ryan, Treasurer 427 Hartford Square  West Chester, PA 19380


  • General
  • Golf
  • Children’s Library $_______________
  • Tennis $_______________
  • TOTAL AMOUNT $______________


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 | April 21, 2016

It’s Summer 2016!

Greetings Islanders,

Spring is upon us despite some April snow showers in New England. We look forward to sunny island days, ocean breezes, & time with family & friends. The C.A.B.I. summer calendar is enclosed and here are a few items to note:

  • A Community Supper: watch the store porch for details
  • Field Day: July 9th – Kudos to the Hohn family for volunteering
  • A Coffee house on July 30th with Jud Caswell; a musician from Brunswick. “Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival.” Visit his website for more information Thank you to Sue Martin for the suggestion.
  • We need a youth librarian or two to offer consistent children’s library hours and keep the stacks organized. Please see a C.A.B.I. officer if you are interested.
  • The annual meeting & bake sale is Saturday July 9th at 10am. A quorum of 20 people is needed to run the meeting. Please come and provide your support.
  • We are fortunate to offer many C.A.B.I. activities at reduced cost, however, we rely on your donations to continue to do so. Your donation is appreciated; see donation page for details on making a donation. Please note: donations to the Bustins & Bay Foundation may only be used for municipal purposes- golf course, tennis courts, buildings etc.- not social events.

We look forward to seeing you on the Island!

Debbie Crane & Susan Rauch


Posted by: kimjoana | April 24, 2015

It’s Nearly Summertime for 2015!

Greetings Islanders,

After this long and snowy New England winter, your C.A.B.I. co-chairs are desperate for signs of spring. Luckily, we have the C.A.B.I. newsletter to compose as we welcome a new season and anticipate a summer filled with sunshine and memory making!

A few things to note:

  • Our annual Community House clean up is on Saturday June 27th from 2:30-4pm. Help us make our beloved Community House sparkle as we prepare for our 2015 season.
  • A Community Supper! A new twist on an old favorite: Sheila Barrows has graciously volunteered to organize a Community Pot-Luck supper on July 4th! THANK YOU Sheila! More details and a sign up sheet will be posted on the island. We need YOU to help make this event successful. Please contact Sheila Barrows for additional information.
  • We seek a youth librarian to offer consistent youth library hours and keep the ‘stacks’ organized. Please see a C.A.B.I. officer if you are interested or can make a suggestion.
  • Our August calendar of events is light due to a variety of factors; if there is an event you would like to add, please contact us.
  • While many C.A.B.I. events are offered for ‘free’, there are still expenses for fireworks, square dance callers, prizes (like the great Polar Bear Swim hats) , and Community House cleaning supplies. If you enjoy participating in our events, please consider making a donation. Donate today!.
  • We invite you to our annual meeting on Saturday July 11th at 10am. We will be reviewing and voting on changes to our CABI By-Laws. We hope to see you there!

    See you on the island!

    Debbie Crane & Susan Rauch C.A.B.I. Co-chairs

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 | May 2, 2014

Welcome to Summer 2014!

Greetings Islanders,

Has this New England winter left you longing for the warm breezes and sparkling waters of Casco Bay? Good news! Summer 2014 is fast approaching and the CABI calendar is available. You will see many of the same events as years past including ice cream runs and square dances and some surprises. After 10 years of dedicated work the Boone-Canu Bean Team has retired leaving us in search of volunteers for The Bean Supper or equivalent. A pot luck perhaps? Salad buffet? Dreamy Dessert Bar? Spaghetti or pizza supper? Ideas, energy and execution are needed to keep this community tradition alive for the next 10 years. HELP WANTED!

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Polar Bear Swim. Time to get your chill on, get ALL wet, and earn a special commemorative prize! To help keep event costs down and enjoyment up we are reviving a fundraising favorite: Bustins Raffle Baskets. We encourage your participation, and hope you will consider donating a basket full of fun. This fundraising event will take place on July 5th.

Finally, in collaboration with the BIVC and our goal of keeping event space in good condition, we developed policies for Community House use and cleanliness. We are having a spring-cleaning day on June 28th see store porch for details and we welcome any sweat equity we can get.

The C.A.B.I. is an all-volunteer organization and relies on your time, treasure (donate today!), and talent! We welcome you to our annual meeting on Saturday July 12th at 10am. 20 people are needed for a quorum so join us and bring your ideas and enthusiasm. We greatly appreciate your support and are always in need of volunteers to coordinate and run events. Have an idea? Share it. Organize it. Post it. Run it. We can help. A list of current officers and contact information will be posted at the Store Porch. You can also get in touch with us using the response box below. See you soon!


Debbie Crane & Susan Rauch co-chairs


Contact Us!

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!

Kim Adams

CABI Secretary