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My husband, Donald Mayhew, is now home and recuperating nicely. Our thanks to all of you for your prayers and good wishes.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, any time between noon and 8 pm. Potential voters should know that voter registration at the Regional High School will be on May 17 and 18 from 11 to 1.

After you vote, you can go to the Vineyard Haven Library for a fascinating evening with Mev Good at 7 pm. A Daughter of a Slave Gives Me My Freedom: A Personal Account. Mev tells the story of two people, one white and one black, and their pursuit of freedom. For the black people it was a long, hard, cruel journey for physical and political freedom. For two white boys, Mev Good and his cousin, it was not a physical or political search for freedom, but an emotional, cultural struggle for their personal freedom from inherited prejudices. Mev’s story begins in 1867 with the birth of his grandfather, Alcee Stewart, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the friendship of his black cook, a former slave.

Welcome home! The Minnesingers and their chaperones return today from their exciting trip to Paris, France, and Prague in the Czech Republic where they shared their joy in music. Special thanks to Island businesses and the individuals who support this group and to the parents who work to ensure that all the children are able to travel with the group.

Congratulations to Cheryl Stark who will mark her 45th year in business in May. She came to the island in May of 1966. That Memorial Day weekend she turned 20, so she’ll celebrate her 65th birthday this year on May 28. As she says, she is the only person in town who opened their own business that year and is still working at it.

Her manager Sarah York is marking her 10th year with CB Stark. Sarah is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in mid-May. The Island team is named Imma Be the Cure. This fundraiser is a two-day walk of 39.3 miles, and CB Stark is one of the main sponsors. You can make donations online or at CB Stark in person.

One hundred and fifty years ago our nation was split in a terrible civil war. Many young men from this Island went to war. This Saturday the Martha’s Vineyard Museum opens a new exhibit about Martha’s Vineyard and the Civil War.

Discover how the war affected the Island and learn about the men who fought and those who stayed home. Newspaper stories show war was not the only interest. There are reports on the Fair and photographs of Methodist camp meetings. There is a petition asking for fairer treatment in the draft, and you can see a colorful boy’s uniform. The opening and reception are from 3 to 5 pm. Admission is free to museum members and $7 for non-members.

Another new exhibit shows some of the unusual items in the Museum collection, a letter from John Hancock written in 1769 to James Athearn of Tisbury, and one of the last heath hens on the Island. There is also a mystery object from one of the Island’s famous artists.

Many of our neighbors will be bicycling in Ride the Vineyard for MS on April 30, including Louis Hall, high school science teacher at the MV Charter School. You can sponsor his ride or others by clicking on the web page for Ride the Vineyard.

Years ago an elderly relative here on the Island was slowly losing her vision. She begged us to take her around the Island to see the blossoming forsythia and daffodils. She couldn’t remember the names of the flowers, but wanted us to take her out to see the yellow. Enjoy the yellow blossoms all around you.

This year’s selection for One Book One Island is Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year of food life,” a family’s one-year endeavor to eat locally. All Islanders are invited to read the book and join in discussions. You can find other suggested books and materials at the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven libraries.

There is a book discussion next Wednesday at the Oak Bluffs Library led by Dawn Braasch of the Bunch of Grapes bookstore. A local lunch prepared by Jan Buhrman from Kitchen Porch will follow the book discussion. Pre-registration is recommended.

Teen movie night at the VH Library will feature the newly released movie based on J. K. Rowling’s fantasy novel. This is rated PG-13 and will be shown from 6 to 8 pm next Thursday evening.

If you need ribbons for your Easter basket, you have only one more day before the Heath Hen Quilt Shop closes for the weekend. Mark your calendar now for the annual pre-Mother’s Day sale on May 7.

Next Thursday there will be a Local and Sustainable forum at 6:30 pm at Oak Bluffs. Panelists from Morning Glory Farm, COMSOG, The FARM Institute, Native Earth Teaching Farm, Island Grown Schools, and Edible Vineyard will discuss the benefits and challenges of the local and slow food culture.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Judy Nichols and Queen Elizabeth II. The queen turns 85 today. Happy birthday to Alexandra Habekost on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Spring is blossoming all around us. Go out and enjoy the yellow.

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