Many important items were approved at the extended town meeting, and most in attendance were content with the process. I was pleased that Margaret Wolontis spoke up several times. In most instances she was saying what many of us were thinking. It is unfortunate that our town does not allow separate votes on the CPA items, especially now that the state has greatly reduced its contribution. Now that is mostly your tax money. Other towns do vote separately on these items. Why don’t we?

I appreciate your comments. Thank you for missing my Heard on Main Street in the print copy last week. We used to have problems with gremlins in the print copies so perhaps this is the reason. My apologies to you. It did appear online.

This week’s ending is from a poem by William Ross Wallace published in 1865, and it is still true as both Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Obama agree.

I was impressed last weekend with the global observance of the loss of lives on the Titanic a hundred years ago. My six-year-old granddaughter knows more about the ship than I ever did. When I saw the film here in town, an elderly lady asked to join us. We found the movie even more poignant when we learned that as an infant she had been passed to a lifeboat from the Titanic.

The kids picked a great week for vacation, all sunny and warm. Just what you want for a day to take it easy and play until you drop. I remember our spring school break always came when the pussy willows were sprouting in a swampy area near our playground. One old man lived close to the school. He used to show the youngsters how to use the young skinny trees at the edge of the swamp to make flexible bows. We never were much good at making arrows, though. Possibly because he would not share his sharp jackknife.

Island Alpaca invites you to the Annual Shearing Day on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Get up close to these gentle, curious creatures to learn more about the fleece to fiber transition. All ages are welcome with refreshments and door prizes for $5 admission. Locally grown and knitted products are in the farm store. Go two miles from State Road along the Edgartown Road and turn right on Head of Pond Road. Then turn left into the farm.

The M.V. Center for Living sponsors lunch with the history of the Campground Meeting Association this Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm. Lunch is $25 at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. For reservations, call 508-939-9440.

A special musical event features Sparky & Rhonda Rucker on Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Vineyard Haven Library. They include stories from the American Civil War portrayed through music. They sing slave songs with finger-style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, harmonica, old-time banjo, slide guitar, piano, spoons, and bones. They have performed at the International Storytelling Center and Festival, Kennedy Center, and on NPR’s On Point. This program is free with a reception to follow.

Common Threads is a MassPoetry.org program where people read and discuss the same nine poems during April, National Poetry Month. As part of the annual celebration, Michael West will lead the last discussions at the library on Saturday, April 28, at 2 pm.

Jeff and Tracey of the Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Association invite you to a Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, April 28. The EMTs will Go Red for Women in honor of the American Heart Association’s campaign for women’s health. Both men and women associated with the Vineyard EMTs will parade. The fashion show is $25 and includes raffles, auction, gift bags and door prizes, nibbles and a cash bar. That is April 28 from 7 to 10 pm at the Harbor View Hotel IN Edgartown. Tickets are available at the Green Room and at the door.

Cumberland Farms now has their plastic milk bottles with screw tops. No more lids popping off as you grab it.

Dine to Donate at Sharky’s Cantina on Tuesday, May 1, to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. All VIP transactions for lunch and dinner at both Sharky’s will count.

Enjoy a Shipwrecks Lecture, including tales of “Drift Wood, Stone Circles, Three Canoes, a Lost Lighthouse, and a Piano” at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8. These stories of collaboration will be given by Vic Mastone in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library in Edgartown.

Have you seen the marvelous changes to the landscape at the old marine hospital. This will be the new home of the museum in a few years. It certainly looks lovely from the harbor and from the street.

The Mansion House will offer eight pet-friendly rooms in early July. Each room has doggy beds and clean-up doggy bags and is on the ground floor.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Thomas Green and Bob Tankard. Queen Elizabeth II will be 86 on Saturday. Judy Nichols shares the same birthday, but she is considerably younger. Happy birthday to Alexandra Habekost who parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. [William Ross Wallace]

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