Town Column : Tisbury
The Vineyard sent a swim team to the New England Masters Short Course Yard Championships at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University last Thursday through Sunday. The Vineyard team was Leslie Grimm, Les Cutler, Rainy Goodale, and Alex Goethals. They all had impressive results within their age groups. And the ribbons were displayed at The Mansion House pool on Monday morning. Congratulations to each of them.
Leslie Grimm placed 5th in the 1650 (mile) at 21 minutes, 51 seconds. She was also 6th in the 500 at 6:27 and 21st in the 100 Individual Medley at 1:25. Les Cutler came in 2nd in the 1650 (mile). [Applause.] Rainy Goodale was 5th in the 50-yard breast stroke and 5th in 100 yards. She came in 14th in the 100 Individual Medley at 1.16. Alex Goethals was 8th in the 50-yard free style at 25.37 seconds, 11th in the 100 free style at 56.04, and 12th for the 50 yard butterfly at 29.50 seconds. The team placed 6th in the Mixed 400 yard Medley Relay. They also came in 6th for the 200 yard mixed relay. They all agreed it was great fun competing against 750 athletes ranging in age from 19 to 82, some from as far away as Australia. One competitor was Michael Ross, a 39-year-old from the New England area who has been invited to the Olympic trials.
People are talking about the lovely spring flowers blooming at C.B. Stark's. The happy yellow daffodils and brightly colored tulips make everyone think spring.
Drop in during library hours if you have not yet met Amy Ryan, the new director of the Vineyard Haven Library. Tomorrow morning the Friends will hold a private party for her. Last Sunday was a welcoming open house. I think she is getting the idea that we are delighted to have her with us.
Elaine Eugster and Leslie J. Stark invite you to the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society spring concert. The program is at 7:30 pm on Saturday in the Old Whaling Church. "The Phantom Violin" features works by Schubert, Beethoven and others. Artistic director Dee Stevens has returned from Los Angeles to put together another wonderful program. A reception will follow. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Did you turn out your lights for an hour on Saturday night? As one friend noted, it was a good time for meditation in the candlelight.
In less than two weeks, you will be voting to accept or reject the sale of beer and wine in our town. Actually, you will be voting whether to allow the selectmen to grant licenses to serve beer or wine with meals to a select number of restaurants, those seating over 30. The selectmen can choose not to grant any licenses. But once you have approved their doing so, will you eliminate the possibility of BYOB in any Tisbury restaurants?
While you are voting, remember to consider the powers of the selectmen as you vote for the one who will serve for the next three years. And don't forget to vote. The polls open at noon at the American Legion Hall on Tuesday the 15th.
Big bunches of birthday balloon greetings go out on Sunday to Janet Holladay. You may find her as chaplain at the hospital or editing an Island book for publication. Wish her the best on her special day.
Heard on Main Street: He who hesitates is probably right.