Town Column : Oak Bluffs
They say spring is almost here. Cold temperatures, rain and even occasional sunshine are not what herald spring for me. It is when I see Ken DeBettencourt tilling the soil at his flower farm on Wing Road that I know at last the good weather is coming. Forget about computer projections, etc. The farmers and fishermen are the most accurate predictors of weather, in my opinion.
And if you want to see what can be done with a small house in disrepair you need to look no further than next door to that farm and see what a sensible owner has done with this cottage. New windows, shingles and paint have made it most attractive. There was no attempt to build a huge addition or tear it down and replace it with an oversized mansion. I am sure that small cottages are needed as much as any other types of housing and guess what? It can be done with less impact on the environment and lower energy uses. Wish other developers would keep this in mind.
Spindrift Marionettes will present a full-length puppet show for adults as well as children over ten. The theme is "Cupid and Psyche," A Two Thousand Year Old Love Story. Featured are marionettes, life-sized goddess puppets and shadow puppets. The show will be held at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven on Friday, March 28, for this one night only. You may call 508-693-4059 for more information.
We send birthday smiles to Jenny Hart who became a teenager on March 16 and James Rebello and Hannah Gibb on March 27.
Jeremy Alley-Tarter and his mother Mary Alley have recently returned from a week's vacation in beautiful Idaho. They saw enough snow to keep the most avid snow fan happy for years to come, visited with friends, and also enjoyed the sun out there.
Here is information about an upcoming program at our library. On Thursday, March 27, at 6 pm, Dr. Patrick MacManawy, holistic therapist, author, and current president of the British Society of Dowsers, will present a slideshow and talk about how the places we live and work affect our level of energy, mood, and attitude. There will be time for questions and discussion and refreshments will also be served.
Jane Thayer, author of "Elder Essence, The Gift of Longevity" will speak about "Aging to Sage-ing" at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. The program will be held on March 28 from 10 to 11:30 am.
"Chat and Chowder", a parents' meeting for grades seven and eight, sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Youth Task Force, will take place on Monday, March 24, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The surprising survey results regarding teenage drug and alcohol abuse on Martha's Vineyard will be discussed. Oak Bluffs students participated in the survey this past winter.
MCAS testing begins in our school for grades three through eight on Tuesday, March 26. Different grades are scheduled for different subject testing on different days so if you did not get the school Carousel newspaper with this schedule, you may call the school for that information. Keep in mind that all tests begin at the start of the school day and are un-timed, but they do not end before 11 am. It is important to remember that your student gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast.
This is the start of Easter Week for many people, and we wish you all a peaceful Easter.
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