It may be cold outside, but love is in the air these days. It seems everyone I talk to is either celebrating an engagement or a milestone anniversary. This bodes well for next month as it seems there will be a lot of happy couples on Valentine's Day. It's a lovely trend that warms the heart as the mercury plummets.
First case in point, it was a very happy new year for Kurstin Meehan and Dayce Moore as he got down on one knee with the fireworks heralding 2013 in the background, and asked her to be his wife. It will be an exciting year for the two of them, beginning with a vacation in St. John — Dayce's first time. Hope it is the beginning of a lifetime of sunny days and rum-soaked evenings.
As for other soon-to-be newlyweds, Alex Morrison and Maggie Brogan are certainly not letting the minor detail of wedding planning get in the way of their winter plans as the two explore many points east of the Atlantic. So far, their trip has included stops in Cannes, Dubai, and the Maldives. Last year I believe it was Thailand. So perhaps for something new and different they will honeymoon in Oak Bluffs?
And farther down the marriage road, warm wishes go out to David and Donna Blackburn as they celebrate 40 years of marriage. Here's to many more happy years together.
I've received word from the Woman's Club of Martha's Vineyard that they are always eager to welcome new members, and January would be a good time to see what they are about. Tom Dunlop will be speaking about his Chappy Ferry book at St. Andrew's Parish Hall on January 21 at 12 noon. Bring a sandwich — beverages and desserts will be provided. For more information, call Carolyn O'Daly at 508-627-7308 or Sue Glazier at 508-939-4166.
The Edgartown 7th grade is ready to hit the slopes, but they could use your help. Thursday, January 10, dine at either Sharky's location, and a portion of all food sales will benefit their trip. I'm 35 and I still have so many memories of these trips — learning that our principal at the time, Mr. Ed Jerome, was an ace skier is among them. A lot can be said for getting kids out of the schoolroom into the fresh air where they can be exposed to a new sport, their love of which may last a lifetime. So have a couple tacos and help 'em out.
Hey seniors: Vineyard Smiles is offering free dental care to those of you who lack regular access to dental care. A clinic will be held on Friday, January 25, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Anchors. Vineyard Smiles is a mobile dental program of the Vineyard Health Care Access Program and Island Health, Inc., local organizations that provide affordable health care to Vineyard residents. The Town of Edgartown's Board of Health sponsors this service through the Vineyard Nursing Association. Whether you have some or all of your teeth or dentures, you will receive an oral exam, cleaning and fluoride treatment. If you have questions, please call Debbie Simon, Vineyard Smiles Dental Assistant, at 508-696-0020, ext. 14. To schedule an appointment, visit or call the Edgartown Council on Aging at 508-627-4368, ext. 10 or 14.
Fire Chief Peter Shemeth is about to witness one of the biggest raging infernos he has ever seen: the 60 candles on his birthday cake 0n January 10. It's a lucky thing he has so many hoses and water tanks at his disposal, because he just might need them. That's quite a blaze there, Chief! Volunteers, please stand by.
Additional birthday wishes go out to Emily Anderson and Becky Beeson on January 11 and to Jeff Smadbeck on January 14. Hope it's a good one!