Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Everywhere we have gone these past three weeks, there are signs of buildings being demolished or being re-built, roads being torn up and being re-constructed, and it is a miracle that we have managed to get to our destination and return home. But soon everything will look beautiful again and the only thing we will have to contend with is summer traffic and the Lagoon bridge and hospital reconstruction. That should slow down things a bit and calls for careful planning before we dare venture out of our homes.
The kindergarten orientation was a huge success, with 30 families attending. The total number of students registered for next year's kindergarten so far is 48.
Wendy Rose and John Pacheco traveled to Wells, Maine, for a few days last week to prepare their home there for visits during the summer.
Congratulations to eighth-grader William Stewart whose non-fiction story titled, "Stealth Ambush" was published in Teenink's May, 2008 edition.
On Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Library, Lucie Smith will discuss her recent trip to Vietnam, including her visit to a school for blind children. She will show a video of her experiences on the library's big screen. Refreshments will be served.
Reminder that the annual Kids Trout Tournament, for children ages 3 to 14 years, will be this Saturday, May 10 at Duarte's Pond, off Lamberts Cove Rd. in West Tisbury, beginning at first light. (No one should arrive before 4 am.) Registration will be at the pond and there will be lots of prizes and free refreshments. Please come prepared and be sure and bring your rain gear. Parents should be on hand for the awards from 9:30 to 10 am. You have the Rod and Gun Club to thank for sponsoring this event.
Bert Owens came from Hyannis last weekend to visit with her cousins, Maureen Anderson and Megan Alley and friends Sandra deBettencourt and Wendy Rose. The group enjoyed a lunch out and Bert visited with her Aunt Betty Alley.
We are going to start now to tell you, so that you will plan on participating in the override vote, that it will be held on May 28 from 12 noon until 7 pm. Make sure your voices are heard.
We send birthday smiles to Olympia Hall on May 11, Olivia Lew on May 13, followed by Steve Garvin on May 14, and Lester White on May 15.
Word from the library tells us that there will be no Guitar Hero or DDR on Thursday, May 8, and no story time for 5- to 10-year-olds on Friday, May 9.
The "Evening Under the Stars" Gala, which raises funds to assist people on the Vineyard who are dealing with cancer, will be held on Thursday, May 15, at the Mediterranean. If you would like more information on this very important event, you should call Pat Adler at 508-696-5901.
Enjoy your week and send your news along.