I want to tell you that we have made use a few times of the Dukes County Pest Control, aka T.J. Hegarty, the rat man. We were pleased with his help each time. In two instances he helped us when wild animals were trying to get into the house. A raccoon leaves some pretty impressive claw marks trying to get through the attic vents. T.J. also gave some good advice on dealing with mice. We even bought some good mousetraps from him. You know, the kind that don’t cut your fingers off when you try to set them.

I know he offered some advice on preventing rodent problems at the new fire station and probably other town buildings, without being asked. Remember, when you notice that the weather is colder, all those wild animals will notice, too.

I hope you have taken advantage of this wonderful county service to the taxpayers. If you did, perhaps you will let our selectmen know about it.

Paddy Chayefsky’s “The Tenth Man” can be enjoyed this Sunday at 4 pm, at the MV Hebrew Center, one performance only. Leslie J. Stark adapted the staged reading. The play was a hit on Broadway in 1959. The story is set in an orthodox synagogue in Queens on a cold winter day in the early 1950s. The schizophrenic granddaughter of a member of the congregation is brought to the synagogue in hopes that her inner demon can be exorcised in a Cabalist ceremony, but there is not yet the requisite quorum of ten men.

The cast includes Mike Adell, George Cohn, Alan Ganapol, Bob George, Max Jasny, Arnie Reisman, Geoff Rose, Kevin Ryan, Don Stevens, and Brian Walt. Karen Krowski will play the possessed granddaughter, and Mr. Stark will read the stage directions. Have you noticed how fortunate we are to have such good actors in our community?

Junior high members of the MV Boys & Girls Club are collecting pet food in a food drive, calling it the pet food pantry. You can drop off pet food at the Boys & Girls Club, the B&G Club second-hand store in Edgartown, the Dukes County Animal Shelter, or the Edgartown School. If you need pet food, pick it up at the club or call Abby at 508 627-3303. Don’t bring anything opened, outdated, or damaged. The brand suggested was Blue Seal, but they will be happy with whatever you want to donate. The drive ends March 15.

Our neighbors need warm winter clothes, especially as it gets colder. I just realized that I have several new winter scarves that I do not expect to use. If you have clean items to donate, drop them at Clothes To Go on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 2 and 4 pm at the Stone Church. You can also leave clothing from 9 to 11 on Saturday mornings.

Tackle that New Year’s resolution, one hour at time. Try the Power Hour at the Mansion House Health Club. A full body workout on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm includes pushups, functional lunges, and squats to burn calories and build up strength, balance, and flexibility. The walk-in rate is $12.

The Mansion House also invites sweethearts to “Eat Stay Love” in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Reserve a king room or suite for February 12, 13, or 14 and enjoy two complete dinners for the price of one at Zephrus. For more call 508-693-2200.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Caroline Davey on Sunday. Happy birthday to our town accountant, Suzanne Kennedy. She celebrates on Tuesday.

Wednesday belongs to Elisha Smith. A little bird told me that you will be 90, Elisha. Congratulations.

Heard on Main Street: I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.