Remember our veterans and fly your flag on Sunday. You could also help raise over 400 flags at Oak Grove Cemetery beginning at 7:30 am on Sunday morning. I think the number is now 425, to honor the men and women who have served our country. Help will also be needed to take the flags down at 3 pm.
Three cheers for our Vineyard Haven Library. Once again our library was chosen from over 7,500 libraries as a Star library. This is based on circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet use. There are nine star libraries in our Commonwealth, including West Tisbury and Oak Bluffs. Eight of the star libraries are members of the CLAMS network. Aren't we fortunate?
Next Wednesday at 7 pm meet author Ted Hoagland at the library. The author of several books and scores of essays, the Edgartown resident has traveled widely and received a number of awards. The subject of his latest book is one of the last wild territories. In "Alaskan Travels," he writes about an unusual array of people, such as prospectors, trappers, drifters, oilmen and fishermen, Eskimos, and a remarkable frontier nurse named Linda. The book is called an American masterpiece; the author could be called an American treasure.
You know that Liz Villard gives tours of our graveyards and does her research. She assured me that the first woman to be buried in the graveyard behind the Tisbury town hall was a West who married a Daggett and that the Mayhews had nothing to do with it. I was relieved when she told me that it was the reporter for the other paper who created the alleged Mayhew-Daggett feud.
Featherstone is offering new classes, from printmaking for you to bookmaking for kids. The Holiday Gift Show begins a week from Saturday and runs through December 19. From noon to 4 pm every day you can find special gifts for the holidays and benefit local artists.
Also one week from Saturday enjoy a Christmas bazaar at the American Legion from 10 to 1, which promises lots of baked goods, even Thanksgiving pies.
Then a week from Sunday you can take part in a tasty harvest potluck with Slow Food at 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. Bring a dish for six to share, BYOB and BYOP (that's plates and utensils). Vineyard cranberries will be sold to benefit the Vineyard Open Land Foundation cranberry bog.
Just when I thought it was over. I hoped to enjoy our lives without nasty political ads interrupting every event and hyper reporters telling us what we should be thinking. Now some bright newsie suggested we start thinking about 2016. Why wasn't there a question on the ballot about limiting the campaign season?
Business is doing better on the Island. Did you know that the Martha's Vineyard Screenprinting Company is moving to our town? They will be in the middle unit behind the new Radio Shack on the State Road. The new location will have a large showroom and a heated garage bay for vehicle graphics, vehicle wraps, and vinyl signs. A vehicle wrap demonstration on a Chevy Cruze is planned for their open house in December.
I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. Somehow the herds of turkeys in our yard disappear for a while.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out a bit late to Tate McGarry Battle Buchwald who turned eight years old on October 29. I understand the celebration included a moon bounce and face painting.
Wish a happy day to Katie Davey. She parties on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Remember, this is the land of the free – because of the brave.