Tisbury

Welcome home to Olivia Jacobs. Did we tell you how proud we are that you went to Washington, D.C., to represent the island?

Congratulations to our new police chief Daniel Hanavan. He has been a cop in our town for 20 years. We are very fortunate to have this man serving us. Our selectmen are to be commended for recognizing the fact.

Many happy families enjoyed a spectacular graduation unmarred by the earlier dissension. Some graduates were unhappy over the school board decision but ignored those feelings during the ceremony. These successful students are now on their way to an exciting new chapter in their lives.

The musicians from the Boston Pops were just what the Celtics needed on Sunday evening. Go Green!

One of the delights at the beginning of summer is the variety of events available at no charge to everyone. Annual meetings offer a way to see what an organization is all about and to meet the people who support it. The early summer yard sales are fun for all — and the price is right.

Members and guests are invited to celebrate the opening of the summer season at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown tomorrow evening. From 5:30 to 7:30 pm you can check out the new exhibits and see the newly created website: Laura Jernegan, Girl on a Whaleship. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

Johanna Kobran has a good crew working at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Main Street. She invites you to buy assorted Vineyard treasures on Saturday at the UU Yard Sale. Good stuff will be offered from 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. Her husband, Michael, a former professor of political science, is teaching us about the lessons learned about war and politics from political leaders in World War II. The second class is a week from Tuesday at the church.

Don’t forget the Vineyard Haven library mini book sale on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. This benefits the children’s programs at the library. Rain date is next Saturday.

The Rev. Judy Campbell, sometimes known as the Sinister Minister, will host a book launch at the Oak Bluffs library at 2 pm on Saturday. I can tell you that I really enjoyed “A Deadly Mission.” This is her first mystery, published by Mainly Murder Press.

Vineyard artists Anne Grandin, Claudio Gasparini, Jules Worthington, Donna Blackburn, and Louisa Gould will present a new show of European artwork on Saturday. Meet the artists from 5 to 7 pm at the Louisa Gould Gallery. The show runs until the end of the month. Donna Blackburn is one of my favorite artists: she has scenes of France on display.

Joyce Stiles-Tucker invites you to join the celebration at the annual open house at the Tisbury Senior Center on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. Ray Frazio will provide the music. Refreshments will be served. Can you believe this is the 19th open house?

Next Tuesday at the library you can see a follow-up to the Anita Hotchkiss program. The movie “Saved by Deportation: An Unknown Odyssey of Polish Jews” will be shown at 7 pm. This story re-traces the path that Jews traveled more than 60 years ago from Poland to Siberia. The refugees were welcomed by the locals in the largely Muslim cities, an affirmation of human goodness during a time of great darkness.

Geraldine Brooks writes that “There are many beautiful books about Martha’s Vineyard, but this is the indispensable one…. It is for our generation to decide…whether we will take stewardship of this precious, fragile place, preserving it for our children and the children of the future. Anyone who loves the island needs this book.” She is talking about “Martha’s Vineyard — Now & Zen.” This two-year collaboration by Alan Brigish and Susan Klein is now available in a soft cover book. Watch for it.

Food is distributed under the programs of Food Stamps, AFDC, WIC, Welfare, Medicaid, SSI, Head Start, Fuel Assistance, Family Day Care, Veteran’s Aid, or Food Pantry. This month the distribution will be from 1:30 to 3 pm on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church Parish House on William Street. For more information, call 508-693-5339.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Shauna Nute on Saturday. Laura Kimball parties on Sunday. Wish the best to Ed Herczeg on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back.

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