Oak Bluffs

As of last Sunday, it looked like we were going to be fortunate weather-wise for the first long weekend holiday of the season. If the traffic, including walkers, bicyclists, and autos was any indication of how busy it was, I would say it was perfect. Yards and houses were painted, raked, and cleaned up and the flowers and shrubs bloomed their best. My guests, still only four eggs and two parent Robins, are still “hanging around” in the pansy basket on the front porch. Memorial Day observances were held in every town as we remembered the sacrifices made by armed service members.

Last Friday morning at community meeting, the Oak Bluffs School celebrated Memorial Day with the help of our local heroes, veterans Sergeant JoAnn Murphy, US Army, Veterans Service Officer Staff, Sergeant Richard Monaco, US Army, Sergeant Julius Middleton, US Army, Senior Master Sergeant David Kahn, US Air Force, National Guard, and Lt. Colonel David Berube, Chaplain, US Air Force, National Guard. Their special guest was Captain Jennifer O’Connell of the Massachusetts Air National Guard who presented the Oak Bluffs School with a United States Flag. The new flag was flown on February 21, 2012, aboard a U-2S Dragon Lady, a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

Captain O’Connell said “It is my pleasure to present this flag to the Oak Bluffs School as a gratitude for all the care packages and letters sent to me during my six-month deployment in Southwest Asia.”

On Sunday, June 3, Oak Bluffs 8th-grade students will leave for their Philadelphia class trip, returning on Friday, June 8. Here’s wishing them a wonderful and memorable time.

Farmers markets and weekly summer fundraisers for various organizations have already started. The American Legion in Vineyard Haven will be starting up their Lobster Roll and Chowder suppers on Tuesday, June 5, once again. They will be offering these special treats from 4:30 to 7 pm every Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, where you will find ample parking and friendly faces. Choose to eat in or take out and also support your local veterans organization.

The First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven will open a new farmer’s market this summer on Saturdays in July and August from 1 am to 2 pm. “Stone Wall Market Place” will be held, weather permitting, on the grounds of the First Baptist Church on Spring and William Streets in Vineyard Haven. Vendors for flowers, vegetables, crafts, jewelry, antiques, white elephant items or collectibles and more are welcomed. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved weekly or in advance for $25 per space. Tables can be rented for $5 or you may bring your own. Space is limited. Call Doug at 781-664-4266 for more information or to reserve a date and space in advance.

Here’s a heads-up notice about the Oak Bluffs Senior Center’s next trip to Foxwoods, which will take place on Wednesday, June 13. The cost, including bus fare, is $30. Participants are responsible for their own SSA tickets and spending money. Anyone interested should call Rose at the Senior Center at 508-693-45009, ext. 3.

A community conference sponsored by A.C.E. MV will be held on June 23rd from 8 am to 3 pm at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Don’t miss this opportunity, which includes 13 workshops, 8 roundtable discussions, and over 20 gallery exhibits and weekend of activities. For more information, go to acemv.org.

We send birthday smiles to Cheryl King who celebrated on May 28, Jaime Reilly on June 1, followed by Mia Rebello the next day, Bert Combra on the 5th, my sister Ann Hearn on June 5, and Hilda Mitchell and Jennifer Robinson on June 6.

Enjoy your week.

Peace.